PRESTONSBURG – Being a parent is one of the greatest, yet difficult job anyone could ever have. Now compound this difficult job with a child whom suffers a chronic illness. Gage Mosley is an active 2 year old. Gage loves cartoons and loves to play with his favorite toys. He was basically your average little boy until February 2015 when he was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome, along with FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis) and Wilms’ tumor and had both kidneys removed. Gage is still in need of a kidney transplant.
His mother, Brittany Howell, held a pageant on Saturday to raise money to help traveling to his many doctor’s appointment. Gage will soon be traveling to Cincinnati to get an evaluation for a kidney transplant. Although a kidney match for Gage has not been found, his family have faith a match will come soon.
“Both of his kidneys were taken out in August and he does dialysis at home now 12 hours a night,” said Howell.
Go Green for Gage was the theme of the pageant. Green is the color that represents Gage’s kidney disease. The pageant had 8 participants and raised $300. Lamika Shepherd of Hunter was High Point winner and Piper Keens of Garett won best photograph.
“Gage is doing fine at the moment. He is being an average two year old and that is exactly what we want for him,” said Howell. “When he does receive a transplant, he will spend two to four weeks in the hospital and then we will travel back twice a week for check-ups,”
If anyone would like to make a donation to support Gage they can contact his mother at [email protected].
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at at 606-794-0290.