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Charly Lowry's Kidney Hero Fund

$15,670 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 191 people in 6 months
Created November 1, 2017
Charly Lowry, the lead singer of Dark Water Rising, is in need of a kidney transplant. While we are actively looking for a kidney donor, we are fundraising to offset the cost a living donor may need to remove themselves from work for a 4-6week recovery time. This is our call to action: if you are not in a position to donate a kidney, please help provide financial assistance to someone who can.

Charly's kidney function is diminishing due to a rare auto-immune disorder called IGA Nephropathy. In 2009, Charly found herself in imminent threat, needing dialysis. Waiting on the donor list for a kidney, she was struck by some terrible news; her cousin, Ronald Deeringwater, had succumbed to a fatal stroke. With the quick decision of his immediate family, knowing she needed a kidney, she was on the mend, as were 4 other people, also recipients of his organs.

Due to the nature of this degenerative disorder, her numbers place her again in a critical position, currently with <5% kidney function. Currently, Charly travels to a local clinic, 3 days a week and 4 hours at a time, to receive hemodialysis. She is on the donor's list, but there is no way of knowing when her name will rise to the top of that list. We are reaching out to our community to find a living donor and every donation, how big or how small, we believe can make a difference in expediting Charly's road to recovery.

What we are asking of the community is to alleviate any financial burden from "Charly's Angel" - the living donor we are searching for. Insurance covers the cost of the donor's surgery. We aim to raise $15,000 dollars to offset any time the donor will take from work, from their family, and their day to day lives. With the financial stressors of taking 4-6 weeks off, we are hoping the success of this campaign will bring a donor forward and offset any doubt maybe holding them back, through your donations.

Of strong will and mind, Charly stays socially and politically active with her powerful voice, both on and off stage. You may have seen her on tour with Dark Water Rising, carrying the story of her Lumbee/Tuscorora history and traditions with her to each city. You may have seen Charly with members of the group, Ulali Project, marching on Washington in protest of the North Dakota Access Pipeline and the mistreatment of native people. Young women can look to her and see a powerful woman in music and a woman engaged with her native roots. And she isn't going down without a fight. 

That being said, we are actively searching for a living donor. Charly's Blood Type is A+ which means she can accept a kidney from a donor with Blood Type A+, A-, O+, or O-. If you or someone you know fits this criteria and is interested in becoming a live donor, please contact the Living Donor Coordinator of UNC Hospital at (984)-974-7568 for a brief phone interview. They will help find out if you are a good candidate and assist in the donation.

Our goal is $15,000. We hope that will help a donor come forward, offsetting any of their financial stress. We hope this campaign will get shared to as many eyes as possible and are asking you, our community, to help in any way you can. We hope that it helps musician, activist, and leader Charly Lowry find a donor. Thank you.



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P.S. If you are not a registered organ donor, we reccomend you to register at your local DMV! Ronald Deeringwater's decision to register saved 4 lives, including Charly's.
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Hey folks! Charly here:) I wanted to give y'all an update to let you know that one of my best friends is currently being tested as a potential donor! She is the second candidate to be tested- remember, donors are tested one at a time.

I should know one way or the other by Mother's Day. Her next round of appointments will include a meeting with UNC's Social Worker, Financial Coordinator, Psychologist, and Transplant Surgeon. Also, an EKG, renal ultrasound, DTPA scan, and tons of labs. Whew!

I am still going to the dialysis clinic 3 days a week, and have been tolerating my treatments very well. At one time I really struggled with them because I would get terrible migraines towards the end of every treatment. The longer I sat on the machine, the higher my blood pressure would rise, resulting in the onset of a severe headache. Now that my bp is under control, the headaches have ceased and the treatments are now my time to sleep, read recipes, send emails, complete seek-and-find puzzles, and catch up with y'all on social media:)

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. I run across so many of you- at shows, while running errands around town- that offer hugs and encouraging words. Thank you for thinking of me. Let's all stay positive and uplifted in hopes that I'll have my surgery before the end of this year.

With love,

Charly
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Hey everyone. I am beyond grateful to all of you for reaching out and offering your support during this season of my life. I feel loved and blessed. Thank you.

I wanted to chime in to let you know that I currently have a friend that is being evaluated as a potential donor for me! I know that some of you have been asking for information on donating....

UNC-Chapel Hill evaluates one person at a time. If my friend works, hopefully we won't need to move on to the next. If you are interested in getting on my list of potential donors, please contact my living donor coordinator at UNC. She will be able to answer any and every question pertaining to the transplant.

Amy Woodard (Living Donor Coordinator)
(984)974-7568

Thank you again for contributing to this campaign. Thanks to those of you who are willing to donate your kidney to me (such a grand gesture and I don't have all the words to express my gratitude)!

Love,

Charly
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Merry Christmas everyone. Happy Holidays! I am thankful for each and everyone of you....I am surrounded by love and light during this time and I hope that you are as well.

-Charly
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I just wanted to thank each of you for supporting my campaign.

I spoke with the Living Donor Coordinator yesterday and she informed me that a few people have called in to express their interest in being "Charly's Angel":)

IF you, or someone you know takes the initial step to contact Amy Woodard (living donor coordinator), please ask her to email you the information packet vs. mailing it; this will help to expedite the process.

Thank you again.

-Charly
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