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Our Story

Cassidy Nicole is a beautiful seventeen-year old lady, inside and out, full of sass and a serious fighter. Cassidy was born in December 2001 with a syndrome that affected her heart, kidneys, hearing, vision, airways, and overall stamina. She has had three heart surgeries (at 3 months, 3 years and 13 years) and 30 other trips to the operating room for things like feeding tube installations, airway surgeries and bladder procedures, just to name a few. Her kidneys have always been under a close watch and subject to delicate management through diet and medication. You’d never know from her joyous, positive attitude the amount of work she puts in daily to manage her condition, and protect her kidneys.

Cassidy is also deaf, making sign language her primary form of communication. She has been through so much, but God has been with her in amazing ways and she has such an amazing spirit about her.

Cassidy is now facing her biggest battle yet. Her kidneys lasted longer than doctors ever ex...

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Coming Home, and Some Other Things

Today, just one week and one day after surgery, she is out of the hosptial! She made steady progress all week and has shown us once again what it means to Fight Like a Girl! One week in the hospital is about as fast as it gets for a transplant.


We are so proud of the courage and mox...

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MEGA Day Results

MEGA Day was a smashing success! We finished the Half Marathon, without passing out, and in decent times for firstimers. We were grateful to receive sponsorhips for the race from local businesses and also some generous friends (you know who you Continue Reading »

MEGA Day Announcement

On "MEGA Day", October 19th we are celebrating Cassidy's successful transplant with two big events. In the morning Nick, Renae and friends will be running a half marathon to demonstrate what living donation can look like - Nick gave Cassidy his Continue Reading »

Week 20 Update

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Team Ella's Gift to Team Cassidy

There is an amazing little girl and family that we met shortly after moving to Texas, they have a team of their own, Team Ella. Continue Reading »

Week 11 Update

We have completed our 11th week since our big day and we are happy to report that Cassidy is doing well. The two areas of concern have settled down – her blood tests (creatinine) and blood pressure have been stable and within a good range, the Continue Reading »

Week 7 Update

It's been just over 7 weeks since transplant and a couple weeks since our last update. We are pleased to report that Cassidy has been doing well as it has been a calm couple weeks... Continue Reading »

Luke... I Am Your Father

(From Renae) I’m not sure what the title of this blog has to do with what I’m going to write about, other than it’s Father’s Day, and our son’s name is Luke, so it seemed fitting. Continue Reading »

Our First Setback

Today (Friday, June 7th) was a family affair at the hospital visit for our CT scan, all five of us went simply to be together. As Renae’s Thursday update indicated, we have been seeing some issues with Cassidy’s blood work that we have focused Continue Reading »

Directly from Cassidy

We've talked a lot about her, now you get to "hear" directly from her. To all you generous donors, this is what you are investing in. Her school, Western Hills*, interviewed her just before surgery and put together this amazing piece. Continue Reading »

Getting Stronger

Cassidy continues to gain strength every day. Yesterday we were able to take a trip to the “play room” and Cassidy beat dad at “Sorry”. Cassidy and I loved having Nick here with us! Cassidy's kidney function is still excellent.  Continue Reading »

The Next Day

We have had a huge successful day! Nick was discharged from the hospital and reunited with Cassidy. Cassidy’s new kidney is performing awesomely. Her blood tests are showing numbers that we have never seen before. Cassidy is getting stronger by Continue Reading »

Transplant Day!!!

For those of you who are not on Facebook, we wanted to share today's (good) news.  Continue Reading »

Off to the Hospital!!!

Cassidy is off to the the hospital!! The next time we see this beauty at home again she will have new body parts.  Continue Reading »

It's a Date!

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A Look Behind the Scenes

My name is Jessica Dazey, most of my friends call me Jess and for some reason most of my family calls me Jessica—either one is fine with me. I want to introduce myself because I am the one behind the scenes organizing the fundraising effort for Continue Reading »

A Message from Mom

Today is a big day for our family and for this whole process. This is the moment we have been building up to for 4 years now. Today, on April 23, all the doctors who have been evaluating Nick will decide if they will allow him to donate a kidney to Continue Reading »


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Cassidy and Family

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Baby Cassidy

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