Among the many enthusiastic fans in the Chicago Bears crowd last week, one man was there with a very different message.
As much as he loves the bears, Marcus Edwards went to this recent game after experiencing the scare of his life. And unfortunately, it isn’t over yet.
During a work trip, he experienced severe kidney failure that sent him to the ER, where he was given the bad news that there would be no turnaround for his organs. As he and his family struggled to cope with the news, he had an idea that he hopes will turn his circumstances around…
Marcus made the journey from Jeffersonville to the Bears game, with a sign in hand that he believed could be his last hope. But fortunately, it wasn’t. As the game cameras made their way around the crowd, they eventually landed on Marcus and his sign – imploring the audience to find a way to get involved with the kidney needs of the world. After realizing that the man on the screen was right nearby, another fan standing close to them came over to give her best wishes.
Then, she went one step further, taking a photo of Edwards with his sign to share across social media.
The post got lots of attention, even moreso when he shared her post with his own message, which read:
“To all my family and friends I am reaching out for help. June 1, 2019 I experienced acute kidney failure. I had traveled to Florida for training for work….I told my co workers that im going to lay down…That was the last time that I left my room. I started to swell and I could not breath, fluid was building up around my lungs. At this point all I could think about was making it home to my family….Once I landed in Ky, I asked my brother to take me to the ER. After a few test my kidneys had failed and i needed emergency Dialysis. From that day I have been on dialysis. My kidneys are done and will not rebound. My wife and I have been through training to give me treatments at home. It has been tough both mentally and physically. My wife my rock has been there every step of the way. My kids have also been strong and constant encouragement that this is going to be alright. So I need a kidney, i am asking that everyone please share this post and if you can please donate a kidney.If you could contact the transplant coordinator they will get you set up for typing. That will be the start. You can do the testing close to home. Thank you for you support.”
Edwards is on dialysis five days a week. With the help of his wife to facilitate the treatment and take the brunt of childcare so that he can continue to recuperate, they are hoping for a donor match soon. But the cost of a transplant is around $250,000. Because of this, the friendly fan and his wife set up a GoFundMe to help make the family able to take care of whatever further needs arise.
The family has received amazing outreach so far, and seem to have inspired a large turnout of kidney donors. “Your responses have been amazing! I told you we could do this! THANK you! Marcus has responded to over 1,000 text messages and has hundreds of missed calls that he’s trying to return as he can,” Jenkins wrote. “His voicemail is currently full and working on it! Several people have called in to inquire and started the testing process. They are reviewing his case on TUESDAY!”
The family would like to remind everyone out there that anyone can be tested to be a donor, and even if they aren’t a match for a specific person in mind, they will most likely be able to help someone else.
The Most Expensive Mixed Breed Dogs in the World
Gone are the days where the only attention is given to the purebred dogs of the world. In fact, many of the most expensive and cutest dogs are mixed breeds. Not mutts, but purposefully bred dogs that come from two or sometimes even three breeds. There are many variations and some that you may never have heard of. So we decided to grab some adorable images of the most expensive mixed-breed dogs out there. Take a look and see if you can resist!
Dachshunds are typically pretty expensive anyway, but when you mix one with a Dalmatian, this cute little bundle of fur’s price tag jumps quite a bit. Typically the relatively new breed will cost you between $2K and $3K.
But it may be worth it to have this cute pup cuddle with you on the couch. They tend to look like a weenie dog but have the coloring of a Dalmatian. They are very playful but stubborn, too, so you will need to train them quickly.
A couple of years ago, a picture of one of these stormed the internet, and ever since then, they have been a hot commodity. A mix between a Pomeranian and a Husky, they can run you anywhere from $1K to $3K. They are super adorable though taking an aspect of each of the parents.
But with the outward, they also take some of the health issues and temperament. They are super playful but also like to chase things, so make sure you keep them on a leash until trained (and maybe even after that). They also have beds reported to have eye and hip problems.
Why not mix two of the most loyal dog breeds and see what happens. This is what was done when the Bulldog and Dalmatian. This pup is a great option for a family dog as long as it is trained early. If you’re thinking of getting one, you will have to shell out between $300 and $600.
The dog does require a bit of room and has been known to suffer from flaky skin, which means you may have to invest in special food. Plus, they can be very aggressive if not trained properly.
How adorable is this little guy? This is what happens when you mix a Boston Terrier and a Miniature Pinscher. You get a pup that’ll cost you around $500 and has these huge ears and a stare that will melt your heart.
This pup is lumped into the designer dog category. Once you have this pup in your life, they typically live for up to 15 years. They are incredibly affectionate but, like most dogs, need to socialize early.
If you have a spare $2000 – $2500 and are looking for a smaller dog to become your buddy, then the Frug is a good option. This pup comes from the union of a French Bulldog and a Pug. Seeing as how both lineages are pretty energetic, it will be no surprise that this little guy is a ball of energy.
The Frug is a smaller dog and will only grow to be around 2’ tall and tip the scales from 14 – 28 pounds. They do sometimes inherit some of the pug’s health issues, though, so they may be pricey to insure.
It seems pretty popular to mix Dachshunds with other breeds, which happened with the Schweenie. This time though, the other half is a Shih Tzu. This cute little guy will usually cost you in the neighborhood of $900 – $1200 to add to your family.
This mixed breeds perfect if you don’t like to deal with hair and want a smart, friendly companion. They do have abandonment issues, so if you’re someone who isn’t home a lot, you may want to go with another breed.
What happens when you cross a Pitbull with a Chihuahua? The cutest little thing ever, that is what. The Pithuahua is a tough dog that has a super adorable face and an affable demeanor. If that is what you’re looking for, you can expect to spend about $1000.
These little guys come from two aggressive stocks, so you will need to train and socialize early. But once you do, they are great with kids and relatively calm in personality.
Do you want a dog but have an allergy problem when it comes to pet hair and dander? If so, then you may want to look at a Pitsky. This energetic and loving pup is the result of mixing a Pitbull and a Husky and can cost anywhere from $900 – $2000.
But be warned – they have a lot of energy and therefore, may need to be walked extra throughout the day. This is not the dog for a stay at home kind of individual. If you lead an active lifestyle, then your Pitsky could be your new outdoor buddy.
Like the weenie dog, the Corgi seems to be one of the more popular choices to mix with. Take the Cormatian, which is a mix between the adorable short-legged Corgi and the much taller Dalmatian. This breed can have a price tag of $400 up to $2000.
The pup is a loving and playful pup but picks up some of the bad traits from both breeds. From the Corgi, it is super tenacious, and on the Dalmatian side, it gets its lack of listening skills. This means that training is crucial, and you have to get it out to learn how to socialize properly.
Another Corgi mix, the Horgi is absolutely the cutest thing you could ever see. A cross between a Siberian Husky and a Corgi, this dog simply looks like a miniature Husky. These may not be the most expensive mixed breeds, but they will cost a decent chunk of change. Typically these pups can cost between $300 – $400.
These dogs will show signs of both breeds and tend to be loving and very playful. They are attentive and very determined, which makes them great dogs for families.
If you want a mixed breed that is a little larger, then you might take a look at the Daniff. This pooch is what happens when a Great Dane and a Mastiff get together. The Daniff is one of the more expensive options on this list as you will pay between $2000 and $3000.
Like their mom and dad, these dogs are very protective and make great guard dogs. They also need a lot of activity, so if you like to do things outdoors or have a large yard, these gentle giants may be a good choice.
Swedish Vallhund Corgi Mix
Back to the good old Corgi mix, we find ourselves taking a look at a Swedish Vallhund and Corgi offspring. This pooch is award-winning up that typically costs $1500 – $2300 to bring home. They resemble a short, lone wolf and are adorable.
This is one of those mixed breeds that are very rare, and so you may have to work harder to find one if you are in love with it. The SVC (as they are called for short) is loving and super loyal. Oh yeah, and they love to hear things go figure!
Maybe one of the most well-known mixed breeds, the Cockapoo is the mixing of a poodle and a Cocker Spaniel. When talking about how much you will need to bring one of these homes, you will be looking anywhere from $900 to $2500.
This pup has been around since the 60s and is an intelligent breed that really doesn’t shed that much. They love attention as well as staying active or entertained. This is a great dog for a single person or a family with kids, which is why it is so popular.
Maybe this mixed bred isn’t super expensive, but it sure is super cute. The result of mixing a Corgi and a German Shepherd, these adorable little guys run about $250 – $750. Like their German Shepherd half, these pups are loyal and very protective.
That, mixed with the stubbornness of the Corgi, makes them very alert and attentive. Though not big enough to really be a guard dog, they still will shadow you wherever you go. They are good with kids too.
Another common breed to mix with is the poodle, and this next expensive mixed breed does just that. Combine a poodle and a Wheaten Terrier, and you get a Whoodle. This fluffy little canine will cost you between $650 and $1600 to bring home with you.
They are very friendly and love to get loved and give love. Along with those traits, they are super intelligent, which sometimes leaves them a bit more stubborn than others. This also causes the training process to take a little longer, so be patient, and you will end up with a great companion that is well behaved.
If you want a little puppy that reminds you of a cute, cuddly teddy bear, then check out the Chusky. This is a Chow Chow and Husky mix that is too cute and will run you about $500 – $1000 to bring into your life.
Though they are small, they are very sure of themselves as well as being very active. Because they are stubborn, you may have put them through extra training and be very patient with them. The Chusky may not be a good option for first-time dog owners.
Who doesn’t love the cute little wrinkled faces of a Shar-Pei? There are not many, and that is why this pup may have come into being. Mixing a Shar-Pei with a Cocker Spaniel delivers a slightly less wrinkled pup that has all the cuteness of both breeds.
Getting a pup from a litter of Cocker-Pei’s will run costs between $650 and $800. This breed will grow to be a medium-sized dog and will need to be trained well as they are super opinionated and stubborn. They also may develop skin issues like their Shar-Pei side of the family tree.
Akita Shepherd Corgi Mix
Typically a mixed breed is only two, but with this unique and expensive option, you get three different lineages. Adding the Akita with a Corgi and German Shepherd produces a fuzzy little creature that you just want to cuddle all day long. Because of the intricacies of breeding this pup, the price tag tends to fall in the $2000 – $2500 range.
It is a rare mixed breed, but if you can find one, you will get a feisty and stubborn but loveable little pup that may need extra care when training.
No one is sure when this mixed denser breed popped into existence, but most think it was sometime in the early 2000s. Created by the union of a Pug and a Chihuahua, the Albino Chug is the rarest of the options in this mixed breed.
Because it is rare, you will probably end up spending between $1000 and $2000. This dog is sweet and loving but may take a little time to get used to new faces.
Tibetan Mastiff Corgi Mix
The Tibetan Mastiff Corgi is quite a rare find, but it does make a super cute companion. This mixed breed’s actual price is hard to find, but the Tibetan Mastiff typically costs between $1700 and $7000, so we are sure this cute little guy falls somewhere in there.
Both breeds are smart and loving and very protective. The size doesn’t lend itself to being a guard dog, but the genetics sure do. They are not good with tons of people, so if you have a busy home or many people in that home, you probably don’t want to add this dog to the mix.
These mixed pups are also called Huskador’s, and they combine the greatest assets of each breed into a medium to a large-sized dog that is just precious. If you are interested in adding this cute little guy to your family, though, you are going to pay a pretty penny ($2000 – $3000).
They are not small dogs, so be warned, but they are intelligent and well behaved. Their intelligence allows them to learn quickly. When thinking about this dog, keep in mind they love to be active and need a lot of attention.
A golden retriever is perhaps the perfect family dog as they are loyal and well behaved, but when you add a poodle into the mix, that all becomes so much more elevated. The Goldendoodle is a bit more expensive than some of the other options as it comes with a price tag that falls somewhere between $2500 – $3000.
The combination of these two breeds makes a great choice to be your ride or die, companion. They make great companion dogs and also can be trained to be dogs for those that need an assistance animal.
If you live in a small home or apartment but want a dog to keep you company, then a Morkie is a good option. The price tag on these small but fluffy pups usually ends up between $1000 – $1500.
They are energetic and clever with very big personalities. They mix the best of both breeds, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have any of the negative traits as well. In fact, many Morkie’s tend to get very jealous of other people and animals.
If you love the cute face of a pug but want a breed that has fewer health issues, then a Puggle (a cross between a pug and a beagle) may be the right choice for you. Bred to do just this, the pup will cost a little bit of coin. Typically the bill on a dog of this breed will run $1500 – $2000.
They are adorable and make great sidekicks in your life. They do tend to howl and bark, plus you may need to keep an eye on them when you’re out and about as they love to explore. Oh yeah, and they also have self-control issues when it comes to food, so be cautious.
Who could resist that little face? It would be hard for sure! The Peekapoo is a cross between a Pekingese and a Poodle and can come with a price tag of up to $1500.
It is a great option for those that suffer from a few allergies when it comes to pet dander, as it doesn’t shed that much. The dog is also great with kids and will make fast friends with other pets. It is easily trainable too!
This little dog is an adorable mix between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Chihuahua. It is a perfect pup for a small home and comes with a pretty reasonable price tag compared to some of the other designer breeds. If you are looking to take one home, you will pay no more than $950.
They are a playful and smart breed and love to travel. So if you like to travel but want a companion with you, then a Chorkie may be the right choice. They are also great for those that don’t want a lot of maintenance as they don’t require much grooming.
This is a toy cross breed that goes by many names, but we just like to call them cute. If you are looking for a small mixed breed to become your best friend, then you will need to have between $100 – $900 to do that.
These pups are stubborn and playful but require some training to ensure they don’t stay super feisty. They are very friendly and love to show affection but may suffer if they are left alone.
This stunning pup will grow up to be a late sized dog, so if that is what you are looking for, then you may want to consider this amazing mixed breed. When it comes to how much money it will cost, you will be looking at a price tag from $400 – $1200.
The result of mixing a German Shepherd and a Siberian Husky is perfect for protecting your and your family. In fact, many of them have served in the police force and other military organizations. This doesn’t mean that they are not affectionate because they are, and that makes them great for families.
These little dogs are quite the character. These little comedians are loyal and gentle too. A mix between a Poodle and a Bernese Mountain Dog, the price point of them is very wide. You can find these cute little guys for as low as $500 and all the way up to $5000.
The breed is very sensitive to be left alone, but they are also great options for families with other dogs and children. They are a mixed breed that is very smart, which may make them stubborn, so you will have to be patient when training them.
Combining the attributes of a Basset Hound and a Shar-Pei, you will find yourself with Ba-Shar. This expensive mixed breed originated in the US. When thinking about the cost of these pups, you will be looking at a price tag between $500 – $1200.
This breed is a fairly inactive one, and so it is great for those that live a little less of an active lifestyle. They still need to be walked, but unlike some of the other breeds, not as much. Intelligent and loyal, they make great family pets.
What is better than a mixed pup that has both the amazing loyalty of a Golden Retriever and the love of a Dachshund? Not much is what we think, but unfortunately, to be able to call one of these your own, you will need to shell out between $500 and $1000.
This mixed breed is a spirited but loving pup that is good with kids and other pets. This makes it a perfect option for families. They are super friendly around strangers as well, so they don’t make great guard dogs.
So what happens when you put two of the most mixed breeds together you get a little sweetie pie like this. This is a Dorgi, which is a combination between a Corgi and Dachshund. These expensive little mixed breeds come with a price tag that ranges from $200 – $750.
It says a lot that the Queen of England is a big fan, and we happen to agree with Her Majesty. These pups are super clever and very playful. But they are a little stubborn. Even with that stubbornness, though, they are great with kids but need a little training.
Beagle German Shepherd Mix
The result of mixing a beagle and a German Shepherd will be a handsome medium-sized canine. The dog’s coat will be dense, like the German Shepherd but shorter. For this type of mixed-breed, you will typically be looking at spending between $400 – $700.
This canine is one that has plenty of energy and is loyal, along with being very intelligent. The Beagle Shepherd is very protective and is a great option for a watchdog. They are great family dogs and maybe a good pet for the little one who wants a pup.
The breeders were smart when they mixed the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise. This made a diminutive and feisty little ball of energy. In order to take one home, though, you will have to spend a little cash. The asking price for these pups starts at $700 but can go much higher.
They are small, so that makes them great for apartments or small homes. Adaptability is also one of their outstanding attributes. They play well with kids and other pets, which is why they are a great choice for families that live in urban settings.
This may be one of the more affordable mixed breeds out there, so you will easily be able to find one under $1000. The result of breeding a Papillon and Dachshund, this little guy is adorable.
If you are bringing this pup into a house that already has pets, then you will have to do a lot of socializing, and you will also need to do some serious training. This is because they are stubborn, but once they are trained, you will have a loving and loyal friend for life.
Because both of the breeds here are pretty common, the price of the mix of these dogs is quite a bit lower. In fact, when you want to take home a Jack Russell Terrier and Dachshund mix, you will be looking at paying between $200 – $800.
Though they are small, these little guys make great guard dogs. They are alert and very attentive to their surroundings. But when their shift is over, they are playful and loving too. They are stubborn and a little aggressive without training, so perhaps they are not the best option for a home with kids.
This is one of those that has a pretty extensive range of costs. The Labloodhound will cost you between $700 and $2000. The price is determined by the pedigree and other factors. These adorable pups are relatively easy to find.
These pups are super social and love playing with their humans and other dogs too. They make friends with everyone and are great with kids. They do like to howl, so it may not be great for really concentrated urban areas.
The mix of a Chow Chow and a Shar-Pei is a rare and unique inclusion into anyone’s life. They are not as expensive as one might think. The price tag that comes with these mixed breed pups usually doesn’t exceed $1000.
The breed will need a lot of training and may be aggressive towards those it thinks is being aggressive to it’s human. For this reason, it may not be a good choice for anyone with kids, but it does make a good guard dog.
These dogs take a little extra care, so they are more for the experienced pet owner and trainer. They make great guard dogs or even a great family pet once they have been trained. In order to bring one of these pups home, which is a mix between a Chow Chow and a German Shepherd, you will be looking at spending between $250 – $750.
They can be very friendly, but you will have to begin socialization training early. They also are not a dog you want to leave alone for long periods as they get bored and may destroy some stuff.
Another of the less expensive options out there for a mixed breed is the Labrottie. This is a Labrador and a rottweiler mix. Typically a puppy of this bred can cost anywhere from $350 – $600.
These are two very different breeds. The Rottweilers are known for being very protective and cautious of strangers while the lab is super friendly. The mixing of the two balances these both and makes a very affectionate dog that is a great family pet choice.