Elizabeth's Kidney Transplant Fund

$7,160 of $18,000 goal

Raised by 95 people in 18 months
In November 2016, my kidneys failed and I began having life-sustaining dialysis treatments.  Dialysis is life-saving, but is not a cure.  I am blessed to have the offer of a kidney from a living donor.  This offers the best possible chance for those in kidney failure. In the next month or so, we will be traveling to Chicago for testing.  If all goes well, the transplant will then be scheduled.

My insurance will pay the direct costs of the transplant, but there are many associated costs that are not covered.  I am seeking donations to help pay for my family's travel, lodging, and other expenses as well as those of my donor's family.  Being away from home, possibly multiple times, for many days will be very expensive.

If you would like to help, it would be greatly appreciated.  More than anything, please pray for us as we embark upon this journey!
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I hope you all had a wonderful Easter with your family and friends! Here in Indiana, we got SNOW on Easter night…what an April Fools’ joke nature pulled on us!

This month brings an exciting happening regarding my kidney transplant! We leave for the University of Illinois at Chicago on Sunday, April 22nd, for the final week of testing with my donor and for my final cardiac clearance for surgery. All indications from my transplant coordinator are that we should leave at the end of that week with a surgery date! We are hoping for late June or July. The difference this will make in my life is amazing! And I am so thankful for the part you’ve played in my journey, thus far! It’s been a long one.

As we move ahead with this testing, I will need to begin to seriously focus on raising funds. I’ve attached a spreadsheet of sorts that will let you know how expenses are shaping up. For the upcoming week of testing, the expense breakdown is as follows:

Rent for six days in the residence hall $360
Gasoline for round-trip to Chicago: $150
Food for the week: $180
Parking $91
Approximate total for week $781

As some of you may know, my family will be required to stay with me for the first three weeks after surgery. My donor will be required to have a caregiver during that time, as well. Then I will have to stay near the hospital for the first twelve weeks after I am released from the hospital. For the first six weeks, I will have three appointments each week and for the next six weeks, I will have two appointments each week. I will have to have a caregiver (my son) with me the entire time I’m there. This all will be an expensive undertaking. While my insurance will pay for the actual transplant, it covers none of these peripheral expenses. An approximate breakdown for this time is as follows:

Rent for 21 days for my donor: $1,260
Rent for 91 days for me: $5,460
Gasoline $450
Food $3,000
Parking $1,183
Approximate total for the period: $11,353

I recognize that finances are tight for everyone, these days, and I know that I am asking a lot. It is very humbling to depend upon the kindness of others in order to save my life. I am not responding to dialysis well, as some bodies do not. This transplant is my opportunity to be able to live a longer, productive life. It is my plan to go back to work as a social worker and be able to give back in honor of all those who have given to me.

If you can donate, it would be appreciated more than you can imagine. Please also share my story on your social media accounts, along with a brief introduction about how we know one another. If applicable. I know that, somehow, God will supply my need and I thank you so much for playing a part in that. Please also keep us in your prayers. This has been a long and trying journey and we are looking forward to seeing the end in sight! God bless you and thank you!
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Hello, all! It’s been quite some time since my last update and much has happened. Unfortunately, because of some personal issues, the generous young man who was to be my donor is no longer able to do so. However, I am very blessed to say that another young man has selflessly offered to give me his kidney! We will be visiting Chicago in April for his final testing. Before we leave Chicago on April 27th, we will, quite likely, have a surgery date sometime in late June or early July! I want to thank all of you who have been so generous in donating! Your help has made possible all the trips to Chicago that we’ve had to make. Without you, my transplant journey would not have come this far!
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WOW!!!! My husband just called me with some cool news. Raven (a professional wrestler) mentioned my GoFundMe campaign on his podcast! #Raven #TheRavenEffect @theraveneffect
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Seasons Greetings! As the song says, "It's the most wonderful time of the year!" We are doing our best to make a merry Christmas here in the Mullins household. We want to thank you all so much for all you've done to help me along the path to my transplant! Because of a snafu at UIC, we will have to make one more trip to Chicago for two more tests for my donor. He is also being required to having a psychiatric evaluation. Unfortunately, this one eval is not being included in the cost of the transplant. It is scheduled for January 4th and will cost $350. I would appreciate your prayers that the funds would come in to cover this expense as well as the trip to Chicago which will be upcoming late this month or early next. Then it is on to the transplant itself! Thank God! Again, we appreciate you so much and hope that your holidays are filled with love. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Feel free to share my campaign with anyone you think might be interested in donating and, should you be so inclined, include us in your end-of-year giving. Much love and many blessings from us to you!
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Randy Jones
14 months ago
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I have known Elizabeth for a long time. We were founding members of our church in Houston, Texas and she's accomplished much along her way. I know she's going to push ahead to nail down more with this amazing gift.

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Brandon Mullins
17 months ago
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Great news! Things are moving forward! :)

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Marla Siert
13 months ago

I met Liz way back when she was a bouncing laughing girl. She loved teasing people even at her young age. I was friends with her brother, Steve and then the whole family. Everyone of them made me feel welcome. Liz was a delight. I am glad that I found her again after 25 some years. Bless you Elizabeth.

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Matthew A. Jackson
14 months ago

I met Liz back in 1985, we were members of the same Home Group at our church. I remember Liz being a happy, engaging and social. She'd organize groups to go out and have coffee or to come over to her house and watch movies. I am thankful that FaceBook came around so I could re-establish contact with her.

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Sheila Ann Jones
14 months ago

Elizabeth and I went to IUE together. She was always kind and willing to help another person! Now she has found a possible donor, lets help her out. Even if you can not donate share so others may be able to.

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Lucy Lu
14 months ago

Liz and I met many years ago, and always had fond memories of Liz. We went to the same church and enjoyed her company a lot. Liz has a great heart and personality. Her faith sustains her, and her family is gives her strength. We recently reconnected via FB. Liz sent me a message asking me if I remembered her. My response was, "I have always remembered you." I hope all goes well, and you can reach your goal for your surgery.

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Michael Amerson
14 months ago

Although i don't know Elizabeth for that long, What i do know is that she's got a big heart and is in need of support right now. Thank you all who are contributing and / or offering support in whatever means you can.

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Created January 22, 2017
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2 months ago
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Gary & Susan Beeson
3 months ago

I don't think we are acquainted, but hope this helps. Wishing you the best for your surgery and a speedy recovery!

JB
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Joyce Bailey
3 months ago

You remain in my prayers.

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3 months ago
Randy Jones
14 months ago
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I have known Elizabeth for a long time. We were founding members of our church in Houston, Texas and she's accomplished much along her way. I know she's going to push ahead to nail down more with this amazing gift.

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Brandon Mullins
17 months ago
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Great news! Things are moving forward! :)

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Marla Siert
13 months ago

I met Liz way back when she was a bouncing laughing girl. She loved teasing people even at her young age. I was friends with her brother, Steve and then the whole family. Everyone of them made me feel welcome. Liz was a delight. I am glad that I found her again after 25 some years. Bless you Elizabeth.

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Matthew A. Jackson
14 months ago

I met Liz back in 1985, we were members of the same Home Group at our church. I remember Liz being a happy, engaging and social. She'd organize groups to go out and have coffee or to come over to her house and watch movies. I am thankful that FaceBook came around so I could re-establish contact with her.

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Sheila Ann Jones
14 months ago

Elizabeth and I went to IUE together. She was always kind and willing to help another person! Now she has found a possible donor, lets help her out. Even if you can not donate share so others may be able to.

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Lucy Lu
14 months ago

Liz and I met many years ago, and always had fond memories of Liz. We went to the same church and enjoyed her company a lot. Liz has a great heart and personality. Her faith sustains her, and her family is gives her strength. We recently reconnected via FB. Liz sent me a message asking me if I remembered her. My response was, "I have always remembered you." I hope all goes well, and you can reach your goal for your surgery.

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Michael Amerson
14 months ago

Although i don't know Elizabeth for that long, What i do know is that she's got a big heart and is in need of support right now. Thank you all who are contributing and / or offering support in whatever means you can.

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