Cabaret at Latte Cafe

Benefit ConcertBrookfield, WI – TALENT SHOW – A wondrous marriage of talents—singers, pianists, poets, photographers, artists, dancers, and musical performers, along with a silent auction is being sponsored by From Hair On and the Latte Café to help raise funds for transplant-related expenses in honor of Gavin Winslow. Sweet baby Gavin is the great nephew of Ceil Schwalbach and second cousin to Jodi Curtis. Baby Gavin is in need of multiple kidney transplants.

Don’t miss this cabaret-style event planned for November 18th and 19th, Saturday and Sunday, from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Latte Café, located at 13780 W. Greenfield Avenue in Brookfield. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted in honor of Gavin. Additionally, From Hair On will donate $5.00 from every client service provided in the salon on Saturday, November 18th.

Anyone interested in performing in this talent show will be required to audition his or her talent prior to the event. Please contact the sponsors at fromhairon@hotmail.com or call 262.789-5262. Appointments must be scheduled by Monday, November 13th.

Gavin is the focus of this fundraising campaign because transplants are expensive! Furthermore, hospitals require that a patient be able to show proof of payment BEFORE they can be placed on a transplant waiting list.

Like most other transplant patients, Gavin has private insurance to cover some of his medical expenses, but many patients reach their lifetime maximum benefits when they are still very young. Why? Because typical insurance plans pay only 80% of the “normal and customary” expenses incurred for a procedure. That means that if a transplant costs $300,000, the patient will likely be responsible for a $60,000 deductible PLUS other related expenses such as temporary housing while the patient is hospitalized, transportation for pre- and post-transplant care, medications, etc. The lifetime total can easily exceed $1,000.000.

When you have a sick child, your insurance coverage is the last thing you need to worry about. In order to help Gavin’s family with costs not covered by insurance, family and friends have joined with the Children’s Organ Transplant Association to raise $100,000.

The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national, nonprofit 501© 3 charity dedicated to helping families raise funds for transplant-related expenses. Your contribution, therefore, is 100% tax deductible.

For more information about the talent show, or other fundraising and volunteer opportunities, please contact Ceil Schwalbach at 262.789.5282 or fromhairon@hotmail.com.

November 15th – Gavin Will Have Urological Surgery

Gavin is going in on November 15th to have urological surgery and have a gtube placement. He will need to be off dialysis for 2-3 days minimum to let himself heal so he will be monitored closely by doctors for his creatinine and urea levels. They are also concerned of peritonitis which would force him into hemodialysis which is NOT an ideal situation. Gavin is a trooper and we expect all good things from this little man, but all prayers and good thoughts will be appreciated!

About Peritoneal Dialysis

Gavin is on Continuous Cycler-Assisted Peritoneal Dialysis (CCPD) which first became practical and widely used for kidney failure since the 1980’s.

Gavin’s peritoneal dialysis (PD) treatment (which requires sterile technique meaning there is a scrub in time and surgical mask worn during this procedure) is performed every day at home by his parents using a machine called an automated cycler, which performs his exchanges (each cycle of draining and refilling is called an exchange) for ten hours during the night while he sleeps. PD must be performed everyday because fluid must be in his abdomen at all times to clean his blood adequately. Monitoring of his weight and vital signs is also done.

Gavin has a soft tube called a catheter, surgically placed in his abdomen (in the peritoneal cavity) that is used to fill his abdomen with a cleansing liquid called dialysis solution, and also used to carry the dialysis solution out of his abdomen. (Gavin’s catheter has merged with scar tissue created by this surgery and that is how it is kept in place.)

The walls of his abdominal cavity (and yours) are lined with a membrane called the peritoneum which allows waste products, (waste products, such as urea and creatinine, build up in the blood when kidneys fail) and extra fluid to pass from his blood into the dialysis solution the solution contains a sugar called dextrose, salt and other minerals dissolved in water, that pulls wastes and extra fluids from his blood into his abdominal cavity). These wastes and fluids then leave his body when the dialysis is drained, and the used solution, containing these extra fluids and wastes is thrown away.

The period his dialysis solution is in his abdomen is called the dwell time.

Currently, Gavin has ten exchanges a night, for ten hours, with a dwell time of one hour, using the 1.5 and 2.5 liter or combinations of the two, solutions. In the morning his last exchange uses the2.5L solution and his dwell contains 80 cc’s because it must last the entire day.

Sensors will trigger an alarm and shut off his machine if there’s a problem with his inflow or outflow. Because Gavin is drained by gravity, if the alarm goes off (which has happened, sometimes hourly, all night long) Gavin’s parents must come in and wake him up to fix the problem.

Some Complications of Peritoneal Dialysis:

Sometimes CCPD patients may have a solution absorption problem with the daytime exchange because of the long dwell time to remedy this an additional exchange is needed in the mid-afternoon to increase the amount of waste removed and to prevent excessive absorption of fluid (this hasn’t happened to Gavin yet – knock on wood.)

Infection of the peritoneum (peritonitis) abdominal infection – is the most common problem for people like Gavin who are on PD so Gavin’s mom and dad have to wash their hands every time they need to handle his catheter. They must also clean his exit site with antiseptic every day.

Developing diabetes mellitus (requires blood sugar monitoring) or obesity – this develops because of the large glucose (sugar) content of the peritoneal dialysis.

Anemia (low red blood cells) is common to people with kidney disease – Red blood cells (RBC’s) carry oxygen to cells throughout your body. Without oxygen, cells can’t use the energy from food –so- someone with anemia may tire easily and look pale. Anemia also contributes to heart problems.

Anemia is common because failed kidneys cannot produce the hormone erythropoietin (EPO), which stimulates the bone marrow to produce RBC’s. Fewer RBC’s means less oxygen =’s Anemia.

Gavin is anemic and receives EPO injections.

Renal Osteodystrophy (bone disease) affects up to 90% of dialysis patients. It causes bones to become thin, weak or malformed.

Itching (Pruritus) Itching can be made worse by uremic toxins (poisons) in the blood that dialysis doesn’t adequately remove.

Restless Leg Syndrome aching, uncomfortable, jittery or restless legs make kidney patients feel a strong impulse to kick or thrash their legs (theories about this include nerve damage and chemical imbalances.)

Sleeplessness which can lead to “day-night reversal” headache, depression and decreased alertness.

Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency – Gavin has this and receives supplements.

Hernias of the abdomen or groin – Gavin has this.

Hyperkalemia – high blood concentrations of potassium that can cause irregular heart beat and cardiac arrest – this makes diet especially important.

Pericarditis – inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart.

High Acidity of the Blood.

Heart Failure.

Uremic Encephalopathy – abnormal functioning of the brain.

Bleeding from the site where the catheter is inserted or within the abdomen.

Fluid Flow Blockage caused by blood clots.

Abscess formation caused by infections at the catheter site.

Abnormally low blood albumin.

Partial Intestinal Obstruction – caused by development of too much scar tissue within the peritoneum.

Very low thyroid hormone levels.

Hyperlipidemia – (excessive levels of certain fatty compounds in the blood.)

What is End-Stage Renal Failure?

  • It is also known as Chronic Renal Failure or Kidney Failure.
  • It is Gavin’s diagnosis.
  • It means that Gavin’s kidneys don’t work.
  • It is a serious condition that is long term, permanent, and will eventually result in death unless a kidney transplant is performed.

What do the kidneys do?
Their primary functions are to filter the blood and eliminate (excrete) metabolic waste products, excess water and electrolytes (such as potassium, sodium, glucose, bicarbonate – in other words, they regulate fluid balance in the body.

Additionally, many drugs are eliminated by the kidneys.

Kidneys also help regulate blood pressure by:

  • excreting excess sodium – if too much sodium in the bloodstream your BP( blood pressure) increases
  • secreting the enzyme renin (when BP falls below normal the kidneys secrete renin (renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system)
  • A person with kidney failure is less able to regulate BP and tends to have high BP .

    Additionally, kidneys secrete the hormone erythropoietin – which stimulates the production of red blood cells (RBC’s) in the bone marrow and the bone marrow then releases the RBC’s into the bloodstream.

    Kidneys (along with several other organ systems) regulate the growth and maintenance of healthy bones by regulating levels of calcium and phosphorous – minerals critical to bone health – they do this by converting inactive vitamin D to active vitamin D – (vitamin D is a type of hormone produced in the skin and present in many foods – “calcitriol” is the active form of vitamin D and it is the calcitriol that stimulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorous from the small intestine).

    A note of human interest: on average, approximately one-fifth of your total blood supply, – 1.3 qt (1.2l) of blood – in your body passes through your healthy kidneys every minute.

Wine Tasting & Silent Auction

“RAISE YOUR WINE GLASS to HELP RAISE FUNDS”
for transplant-related expenses in honor of baby Gavin Winslow.

Enjoy high-quality, old world and new wines from around the globe along with a satisfying assortment of hors d’oeuvres. A knowledgeable representative will be on hand for those wishing to engage in a little winespeak. Attire is business casual.

Location: University Club of Milwaukee
924 East Wells Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
(Located at the Northwest corner of Prospect Avenue and Wells Street)
Free and secure parking is available in the adjoining parking structure.

  • TICKETS are $75 per person
  • TABLE SPONSORSHIPS available for $300
  • PLATINUM SPONSORSHIPS available for $1,000 (table sponsorship +10 tickets)
  • SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS accepted

To ORDER YOUR TICKETS, please contact Tammy Gawlitta by Monday, October 30, 2006 at 262-787-7037 or miketammygltta@hotmail.com. Checks or money orders should be made payable to COTA, with “In Honor of Gavin Winslow” written on the memo line of the check. Visa, MasterCard American Express and Discover accepted. Donations are tax-deductible.