Josalyn's Life Saving Kidney Transplant

This is Josalyn Brown. She is the beautiful,  amazing 17 year old daughter of our good friends Dianna & Timbo Brown. She is a Truckee High School Junior, an Honor Roll Student, High School and Club Volleyball Player.


Josalyn was your average teenager preparing to enter her first year of high school  in the fall of 2016. In April she went in for a school physical so she could play the sport she loves "volleyball".  It was discovered that she had high blood pressure.  The high blood pressure diagnosis led to the discovery of Stage 3 Kidney Disease.  Thru a series of tests and ultrasounds it was determined that Josalyn's kidney disease was caused by  Kidney Reflux; a condition that we now know she was born with. 

In February 2018 Josalyn went active on the Kidney Transplant list at UC Davis Children's Hospital. Her kidney disease has now progressed to Stage 5 and on July 13th she started Peritoneal Dialysis.  She is hooked up to a machine every night for 8 continuous hours. Her daytime hours are spent much like any other teen; going to school and hanging with friends and her health has been good enough that she has been able to continue to play the sport she loves.

Josalyn's story was recently covered in the local media at the links below:'t-stop-truckees-josalyn-brown/? 


One of many tests
Nightly Peritoneal  Dialysis
One month Dialysis Supplies for daily treatment

As we all know mounting medical expenses can take out even the most financially prepared individual/family. This family has already been tested 4 years ago when their then 8 year old son went into a coma and was life-flighted to Stanford Children's Hospital for emergency brain surgery.
Dianna & Timbo are self employed; which means they pay their own health insurance costs out of pocket. Every year their insurance rates raise due to the constant medical testing and expense associated with Josalyn and her ongoing treatment.

Please help us reach our goal so that Josalyn may get the pre-treatments and transplant she desperately needs. 

Here is estimated transplant expenses provided by Children's Organ Transplant Association.
$10,000 - Household Expenses (based on 2 month stay)
$5,000   - Housing/Food (2 months near UC Davis Transplant Center)
$15,000 - Co-pays/Deductibles
$10,000 - Donor Costs
$5,000   - Transportation
$10,000 - Medications
$20,000 - Post Care
$20,000 - Hospital Costs
$95,000 - Total Cost

Thank you for your consideration and for any help you can provide to Josalyn and the family to reach this goal.

For anyone who is considering becoming a living donor, you may register at  On the bottom right corner there is a link, "Be a Donor". There are a series of questions that need to be answered. In the series of questions you will be asked if there is a specific recipient you would like to donate too. If you would like to be tested specifically for Josalyn you must enter in "Josalyn Brown" and her birthdate (1/4/02). If you pass this simple series of questions someone will contact you and fill you in on the next step as well as what the entire process entails.

The Brown Family, Josalyn (right), Dominic (center), Jordan (left), Timbo and Dianna
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Organizer and beneficiary

Melanie Goff 
Truckee, CA
Dianna Brown 

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