Student Nurse's Association sells masks for Platt Family
Jim Platt needs a dual transplant - to receive both a kidney and a heart.
As if the expenses for that alone aren't enough, he will have to relocate to Wisconsin for 12 weeks for the transplants.
"Recently they told us he'd probably die waiting for the organs," Sharon Platt, Jim's wife, said. "Our nephrologist through MU sent us over to Wisconsin and they have an aggressive program and have agreed to list him for a heart and kidney transplant. Their average wait is about 55 days."
Jim and Sharon Platt have eight children, four of which were adopted through the foster care system.
"She's an incredible woman with an incredible family," Student Nurse's Association Advisor and Platt's coworker, Donna Otto, said. "She has been extremely private through this, and so not many people knew what she and her family were going through."
What were they going through?
Jim went into renal failure at the age of 23, where his kidneys stopped working. At the age of 33 he had a quadruple heart bypass, because his heart was failing. After that, he went into complete kidney failure. And ever since, he has been on dialysis. For 13 years.
Sharon Platt could be scared, anxious, or even angry, but instead she describes herself as: "excited, overwhelmed with joy, and grateful."
That's because the community is behind Sharon and her family.
Mizzou's Student Nurse's Association is selling masks to help raise funds for Jim's medical bills and his relocation to Wisconsin.
Sharon and her family and friends are making the masks, and the students are advertising them on various social media.
SNA is using the phrase "Mask Up Mizzou!" to advertise their new fundraiser. They say in their flier: "The Platt family have such a positive outlook on life, and have touched so many, especially in their time working in the foster system.
"Help from others is not always an easy thing to ask for, but to be able to get a second chance at a life of camping, fishing, walking and traveling without having to 'go home and do treatment' would be amazing," Jim said in the SNA flier.
"I have fought for 13 years for this to happen and here we are," Jim said. "Thank you for considering to help us in our time of need. We promise to pay it forward."
The masks are selling for $10 a piece online, and there will be various pickup times and locations.
They also have a gofundme, with a goal of reaching $20,000.