Our Story

Our journey began in May of 2020 with John having side pains. We took him to his normal physician assistant, Brianna Brooks in Silverton. She sent us for more tests because John’s symptoms seemed a little odd. At first we thought John might have appendicitis.  When the test results came back, we received news that no parent wants to hear. John was diagnosed with stage 4 chronic kidney disease. Basically,...

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John Kloft

Mount Angel, OR

Transplant Type: Kidney

Transplant Status: Transplanted

Goal: $100,000.00

Raised: $119,274 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 284 contributors


John’s Six-Month Biopsy Results! – Oct 18, 2021


This month (October) we went back down to Stanford for John’s routine six-month kidney biopsy. We hadn’t been down to California since April! The six-month biopsy is standard... Continue Reading »

Transplant Recovery Update: All Good with a Little Scare – 5-27-21


John shows off his kidney guard that he velcros around his middle to make sure his kidney stays protected, at a recent farmers market.  May 27: John has been... Continue Reading »

Kidney Surgeries Recovery Continues from California and Oregon – Apr 8 2021


Patty got back to the farm this week! Per doctor’s orders she is still supposed to be resting and taking it easy as she is recovering from major... Continue Reading »

Recovery Continues; 2 Ways to Show Support – 3/19/21


John and Patty are both continuing to recover well. Patty will likely be discharged today into our friend Jenn's care at the rented house near the hospital. John... Continue Reading »

Initial Surgery Results Successful for Both John & Patty – 3/17/21


This morning at around 8:00am, Patty went in for her surgery to remove her kidney. The surgery was successful. At 9:15am, John went in for his kidney transplant... Continue Reading »

Surgery Day is here – 3/17/21! Plus Breakfast Burrito Fundraiser 3/21/21


Remember to wear blue for John in addition to the traditional green on St. Patrick’s Day - Surgery Day! Pictured: John in his hospital room relaxing, with Patty... Continue Reading »

News Stories About John’s Journey


In case you missed these wonderful stories about John and his kidney journey, we wanted to share them here. We are so grateful for the reporters who covered... Continue Reading »

$100,000 Goal Reached This Week Thanks to You All!!! – Mar 7, 2021


This week we reached our $100,000 fundraising goal supporting the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) in honor of kids like John. This is a huge milestone that we... Continue Reading »

John, Patty & Mike Leave for California Today! – Mar 7, 2021


Today, Sunday, March 7, 2021, the whole team (John, Patty & Mike) leaves for California. We are flying down and then staying close to Stanford for a 10-day... Continue Reading »