Parents seek kidney for son, diagnosed with disease that killed their daughter

Parents seek kidney for son, diagnosed with disease that killed their daughter

SPRINGBORO, OH (FOX19) - Springboro parents are seeking a "hero" who can help save their son's life after he was diagnosed with the same disease that took their daughter's life.

Elizabeth and Eric Losekamp were heartbroken when they discovered their daughter, Nikki, was diagnosed with Fanconi Anemia in 1994 and needed a bone marrow transplant.

After getting tested to see if he was a match for his sister, Eric Lee was told he also had the disease.

"At times it feels like there's absolutely no ground underneath you," said Eric, who needs the transplant.  "The easiest way for me to deal with it is just to put it in God's hands."

Nikki lost her fight in December of 2001, a day after her fourteenth birthday.

"We thought Eric was doing very well until Fall of last year," said Elizabeth. "We were told that his kidney was failing him."

She said they were also told he still had a couple of years before a transplant was needed, yet they received news that his only kidney was functioning at 23 percent and he needed a new kidney as soon as possible.

"I keep wondering if this is going to be his last birthday, if it's going to be his last Thanksgiving, if it's going to be our last Christmas together," Elizabeth told FOX19 NOW.

The donor reportedly needs to be between the ages of 18 and 50 with a blood type of O- or O+.

The transplant procedure was thought to be years away, but things have changed, and the need is closer than ever.  Eric has one working kidney that is working at less than 25%.

As the need for the transplant continues, Eric's father is working to lose weight to be tested to see if he's a match.

"We just pray that somebody will come up and be our hero," Elizabeth said.

In order to help spread the word and raise money for medical expenses, an auction has been set up by friends of the family.

The event will be held on November 20 at the Campioni's Pizza on  92 Edgebrook Drive in Springboro. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Vendors include Advocare, Avon, Damsel in Defense, Jamberry, KD Vinyl Expressions and more.

"I sure appreciate any help," stated Elizabeth with tearful eyes. "I have already had to say goodbye to my daughter - I don't want to lose my only child."

There is a GoFundMe page set up to help the family pay for mounting medical bills.

If you think you can be a potential donor match for Eric, contact Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

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