Update on Tony’s Kidney

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
~Napoleon Hill.

Dear friends,

Adversity has hit us once again. Just when we thought everything was in the clear—that we would be blessed with a donor– we received disheartening and disappointing news yesterday. We were told that the surgery was cancelled and “not moving forward…three weeks before the operation, which was to take place on May 25th.

We were informed that our Tony’s and Taylor’s surgical teams met and decided that it was not in Tony’s best interest to proceed with the transplant operation.

According to Taylor, the surgical teams decided in their final preparations that the chances of Tony keeping his kidney long- term would be affected with this operation and would altogether eliminate his chances of getting another kidney should he need it again down the road.

It is a shocking setback to our hope for a bright future for Tony. We feel as if a rug has been pulled from underneath our feet. For the past 24 hours, we have been struck by tidal waves of hopelessness and despair. It was a one in a millionth chance that we would find a heroic friend who was willing to get tested and courageous enough to part with one of his kidneys so that Tony could live a normal life. Now, that “one in a millionth chance” evaporated like the morning mist.

However, we have had travelled down this road before. This is just a temporary setback and heartache. We learned that, “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” Even though we are now back to the drawing board, we know that there is a better plan for Tony. We will not sit in idleness and drown ourselves in sorrow and despair. We will keep moving and with your help we will keep on searching until we find a donor who will be a perfect match–hence the bright future for our son.

We are grateful to our friend and hero, Taylor Tagg, his family and their friends for their kindness, love and their continued support for our family.

In addition, we would also like to thank our friends, neighbors and strangers alike, near and far, who have sent us their love, support, and donations. We are truly blessed and humbled. We also like to extend our appreciation to the media outlet that broadcasted our voices. Together, as a community, we have created more awareness on kidney diseases; the importance of being a donor, and the financial and emotional burden that a family may face when encountering such adversities.

At this point in time, we have decided to put the fund that we have raised and will continue raise (https://www.youcaring.com/anthonyachhim-794666) into a “Kidney for Anthony Chhim” Fund account, which will be untouched until we find a new kidney donor. For any money unused, we pledge to donate it to the National Kidney Foundation.

If you would like to help, please get tested to see if you are a match; Tony’s blood type is “O.” If your blood type is “O” and you want to be tested further, please contact me at 845-642-3232 or at timothychhim@aol.com. Any other questions can be addressed to me as well.

Thank you everyone for your continued prayers and thoughts as our family overcome this hardship. We wish you and your family love, health, wealth and happiness.

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New York man seeks funding help to save son’s life


New York man seeks funding help to save son’s life
After miraculously finding a kidney donor matching his son’s rare blood type, this Rotary club member and former Nanuet Chamber of Commerce president reaches out for help.

Thiells, NY—A New York man, who has given back to the New York Rockland County community for years, is now asking for help to save his only son’s life.
Thiells resident and Allstate Insurance Agency Owner Timothy Chhim is known in the area for his involvement and charity work — he was the first Nanuet Chamber of Commerce president; member of the Nanuet/West Nyack Rotary Club; Napoleon Hill Foundation Certified Instructor; past chairman Brooklyn Watt Samakki Dhamikkara, Buddhist Temple; and co-author of Adversity to Advantage.
Chhim started the website KidneyForAnthonyChhim.com to tell his 31-year-old son’s story.
“Anthony Achariya Chhim (“Tony”), needs a kidney transplant,” he said, explaining Tony’s kidneys failed in 2010, prompting Tony’s mother Neang to offer one of hers.
More than 93,000 people are on the waiting list for a kidney transplant, according to the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS).
However, five difficult years later, Tony’s body rejected her kidney. Yet again, another brave person stepped up, this time, a close family friend, Taylor Tagg.
Despite finding a willing kidney donor with a matching rare blood type, the Chhims find themselves facing another hurdle.
“As happy as we are, we are not out of the woods yet. We may have a donor but we are short on funds to cover [Tony’s] traveling, lodging and recovery expenses,” said Chhim. “We are expecting the expenses to be more than $10,000 and we are pledging that the unused money will be donated to a Kidney Foundation or a not-for-profit organization on behalf of the donor and Tony.”
He started the YouCaring crowdfunding website on April 6, which has so far raised $2,805 of the $10,000 goal.
Chhim is not a stranger to hardships in life as he survived the Khmer Rogue Genocide in Cambodia, avoiding the execution block three times. However, that experience rivals that of what he feels now over his son’s chance at life.
“It devastates me to watch my son suffer,” said Chhim. “Though the dialysis does the job of keeping him alive, a transplant would offer him the ability to live a longer, healthier and more normal life. It would allow him to follow his dreams, return to his passion of creating video games and to run his company Quantum Imagination Studios. A new and functional kidney would also give him time with his family and friends, something many of us take for granted.”
Donations are accepted through the YouCaring crowdfunding website https://www.youcaring.com/anthonyachhim-794666 Further details of the Chhims’ journey are at KidneyForAnthonyChhim.com

Photo Captions:
Tony Chhim and his 6-month-old nephew Jace
Taylor Tagg (left) is donating his kidney to Tony Chhim

Timothy Chhim, timothychhim@aol.com, 845-642-3232