The lives of one southern Indiana family has been touched by all life has to offer: love, tribulations, success, even an act of force majeure. It has been a roller coaster ride for this close-knit family who always remember to extend kindness to one another and others.
In March, 2005, things were finally looking up for Adam and Christi Dorsey. After more than eight years as a struggling songwriter on Music Row, Adam struck gold when a song he had co-written—“That’s What I Love About Sunday”—reached #1 on the Country charts. But their lives took a turn just five months later, after moving to New Orleans for Adam to attend seminary. It was there they lost all their possessions in Hurricane Katrina, when more than six feet of water flooded their first-floor apartment. Four years later, Christi received a life-saving liver transplant during their term as missionaries on the island of Newfoundland, Canada. Today, Adam has been told he is in need of a multi-organ intestinal transplant.
Adam was well-seasoned in his role as his wife’s caretaker when, on Mother’s Day, 2015, he ended up in the emergency room for severe abdominal pain. It took three surgeries and countless hospitalizations before he was finally diagnosed with Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction—a rare form of intestinal failure. Now in her new role as caretaker, Christi is helping him traverse the exhausting transplant evaluation process at Cleveland Clinic’s Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Program.
Having recently celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary, the Charlestown residents acknowledge the strains these unusual adversities have placed on their lives, but credit their genuine love for each other—along with a strong support structure of faith, family, and friends—as key to their endurance. “This is what marriage is all about,” explains Christi. “We promised each other, ‘For better or for worse.’ I love him, and he loves me, and all the things we’ve been through have only made that love stronger.”
While their love is strong, with two transplant patients under one roof, and three young children to care for, their financial burdens are great. They have partnered with the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT), a charitable organization that serves transplant patients by assisting them in raising the funds necessary to cover transplant-related expenses.
Despite what many might consider as a long string of bad luck, Adam sees a more divine hand at work. “God’s providences are sometimes sweet, sometimes bitter,” he says. “But they are always good, and always kind.”
For a husband and a wife to both receive transplants is extremely rare, and some might consider it as extraordinary bad luck. Adam, however, sees a more divine hand at work. Only one-hundredth of one percent of the U.S. population receives organ transplants each year. For a husband and a wife to both receive transplants is almost unheard of.
To support Dorsey, or other friends or loved ones in their transplant journey, look up their personal fundraising page here. If you’d prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the National Foundation for Transplants, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Place the patient’s name in the memo line.
If you or a loved one are in need of financial assistance to help offset the cost of a transplant, become a patient with the National Foundation for Transplants. Start today! We support living donors too.