Wednesday 23 September, 2020

JN Money helps Cayman worker with donation towards dialysis treatment

Owen Powis, (left) accepts a donation from Horace Hines (right) general manager, JN Money Services, and Melissa Draggon, operations supervisor, at JN Money services, owners and operators of the JN Money brand to assist with his medical treatment.

Owen Powis, (left) accepts a donation from Horace Hines (right) general manager, JN Money Services, and Melissa Draggon, operations supervisor, at JN Money services, owners and operators of the JN Money brand to assist with his medical treatment.

Construction manager, Owen Powis, is thankful that his treatment for stage five renal failure will continue after he received a US$3,000 donation from JN Money on August 25.

Powis, who resumed work in the Cayman Islands until recently, was diagnosed with the illness in September last year and requires a kidney transplant.  He presently does dialysis three times per week at Liam Dialysis in Portmore Pines.  

Melissa Draggon, operations supervisor, at JN Money Services Limited, owners and operators of the JN Money brand, explained that the company decided to assist Powis after she read his story, published by Loop Cayman on August 6.

“I saw his story on the Loop News website and we noted that he was a JN Money customer. We immediately did some further checks on Mr Powis and suggested to Mr Hines, our general manager, that we should provide support,” she stated.

“I have been communicating with M. Powis for the past two to three weeks, every Wednesday and Friday religiously, since learning about his story. Even if we aren’t communicating about the donation, I still check up on him because it is good to offer support to persons in difficult times,” she added. 

Getting treatment was a challenge even before the travel restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic since Powis travelled from The Cayman Islands where he worked at the time to Jamaica to do his dialysis three times per week because it cost less.

However, with the pandemic, this has impacted his ability to be on site and so his income is significantly reduced as a result. Therefore, the assistance from JN Money could not have come at a better time.

“I do dialysis three times per week in Portmore and have a transplant to do at The University Hospital of the West Indies. There are many other tests to be done; therefore, this donation will assist me greatly,” he explained. “I thank JN Money for their support because it has been difficult for me during this time, as I have not been able to work at the same level because of the pandemic.”

Horace Hines, general manager, JNMS stated that the company felt it necessary to lend support and highlight Powis’ story based on medical needs and the cost of his treatment.

“Mr. Powis is a longstanding customer and we felt it necessary to lend support to him during this challenging time which is why we not only decided to help, but to highlight his situation so that more persons can assist because he still has some way to go before he can fully recover,” he stated.

Powis’ sister, Olive Powis Campbell, said that she has learnt so much about the condition from Owen’s experience.

“It has really been an eye opener for me. It took a toll on me in the early stages of the dialysis. I ensured that I was there with the doctor to get first-hand knowledge of what the condition is about.  The nephrologist has helped us to understand the various stages of this condition which are linked to various health issues. With that information, I am able to educate persons in my circle by directing them to the specialists if they find that their diabetes/hypertension is uncontrolled.  As a family, we have been very supportive and pray that his health will get better,” she said. 

The family said it is appreciative of all the support in order to assist Powis along this stage of his life but funds are still required to get him to his objective which is to have kidney replacement surgery.  

Mr Powis was lucky enough to find a matching kidney donor but he must still find $25,000 US for the transplant while continuing to pay for all of his treatment, tests, anti-rejection medication and three days of dialysis per week." 

Future donations can be made to:

JN Bank
Account holder: Owen Powis 
A/C 2094201959

Funds can also be donated to https://www.gofundme.com/f/owen-powis-kidney-transplant/donate

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: