Priscila Garcia is a senior @ Waltrip High School in Houston, Texas. When she was a freshman, her kidneys failed. Since then she has been on hemodialysis three times a week for 4 hours each treatment. In spite of this, she has been able to make mostly "A's", is graduating on time, has remained a member of the Rambling Roses drill team, serves as a juror on teen court, is a HOSA member, works, and has the most amazing attitude. She never complains & is a true role model for all. She aspires to be a physician. During this time, she has not been on the transplant list. One of the things keeping her off the list is that when she turns 21, she looses her insurance if she is no longer a dialysis patient. The drugs that she will have to take after having a transplant to suppress her immune system cost around $2,000/month. So, Waltrip HOSA is having a fundraiser to help her with this obstacle. April 6, 2013, we hosted a walk-a-thon where we raised approximately $450. She needs far more. She needs our help. I hope that you will pray about this, and, if you feel led to contribute to her fund, you may donate here. For further information, you can contact Mary Gibson @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Priscila Garcia is an 18 year old Waltrip High School graduate of 2013. She is a mostly all "A" student who aspires to be an anesthesilogist, ( a medical doctor who administers anesthesia for surgical procedures). When she was a freshman at Waltrip HS, her kidneys failed. Since then, she has been a hemodialysis patient which is an artificial kidney machine. She goes 3 times/week for 4 hours each treatment (it actually takes about 5 hours with put on & take off time). In order to accomplish this, she had to leave school at 11:00 am every M-W-F. In spite of that, she still continued to make mostly all "A's", perform with the schools drill team, The Rambling Roses, be a Health Occupations Students of America member, serve as a juror for Teen Court, and have a part-time job. She has done this with amazing grace. Her attitude is incredible. You never see her without a smile on her face. No pity parties for this young lady. As of this date, she has not been placed on the transplant list because, once she receives a transplant, she will no longer qualify for Medicaid, so the medical board in Houston has denied her placement on the transplant list. The reason they have taken this action is because the drugs that she will be required to take to suppress her immune system to prevent her body from rejecting the transplanted kidney cost several thousand dollars a month and without insurance, she would not be able to afford them. She is currently being considered by the medical board in Corpus for placement on their list. The purpose of this fundraiser is to raise money to help offset the costs of her drugs. Priscila has a plan to attend Houston Community College to become certified as an EMT so that she can get a job with the Houston Fire Dept. as an emergency medical technician so that she can work her way through college. Such a job should provide insurance for her. Upon completion of her EMT certification, she plans to attend the UH as she pursues her undergraduate work on her journey to become a physician. Waltrip HOSA is conducting this ongoing fundraiser to help this most deserving young lady to a position where she will be accepted on the transplant list. We appreciate your consideration of Priscila and thank you in advance for your contribution to her fund. For questions or further information, please contact Mary Gibson @ Waltrip High School in Houston Independent School District.