My name is Denise and I am in need of a living kidney donor.
In October 2018 a cancerous mass was discovered on my kidney. Doctors quickly removed the kidney
to stop the spread of
cancer. Unfortunately, that was my only kidney. You see, I lost my first kidney as a child.
Like many people who donate one of their kidneys, my body continued to function properly throughout my life.
I've been married for over 25 years and my family and friends bring me immense joy!
Now, however, without any kidneys, my life has drastically changed and I’ve been placed on dialysis. The experience of dialysis causes immense stress physically, mentally, and emotionally. I sit in an often cold room as nurses prick and prod my arm with needles, "cleaning my blood". This process happens three times a week and can last 3+ hours at a time.
Be that as it may, I understand that without this process, I cannot live. When I have felt low over the last two years, I remind myself that dialysis is not forever. Dialysis is a temporary, yet necessary part of my journey of finding a living kidney donor.
That’s where you come in!
Here are a few ways you can assist me:
1. Donate a kidney
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 110,00 people are on the national registry for organ donations. Twenty people die each day waiting for an organ transplant.
My blood type is O+ (O positive). I am registered on the transplant list with MUSC Health Transplant
Charleston, South Carolina) and the EMORY Transplant Center (Atlanta, Georgia).
My medical insurance will cover the screening process for those who are interested. The process is completely confidential.
You will need my name and birthdate to sign up for testing.
Please email us at [email redacted] for both my birthday and full name needed for screening.
My husband, Jeff, is currently registered as an exchange donor at EMORY. After going through the screening process, he found that he was eligible to donate his kidney. Unfortunately, he is not a match for me. Through the exchange program, if we can find a
living kidney donor match for my body, Jeff will donate his kidney to another person in need.
2. Donate monetarily
It is essential to have a financial plan when receiving a kidney transplant. According to data found in 2017, the average cost for a kidney transplant and initial treatment was more than $4000,000. Most of the national transplant centers require patients to verify how they will cover expenses before they can have a transplant.
Medical insurance covers some expenses but not all. Donations that are received will help cover co-pays for medical visits and medications needed to combat transplant rejection within the body. There are more than 20 clinic visits within the first six months
of a transplant. Donations will also cover insurance premiums and deductibles, transportation, parking, lodging, and meals.
3. Purchase gear and be an advocate!
As mentioned earlier, more than 110,000 Americans are in need of an organ donation as of March 2020.
Be an advocate for me and the other hundreds of thousands of people that are waiting to live a better functioning life.
Shirts are available for purchase to help get the message out! ( Thank you for your purchase. The t-shirt campaign has closed)
Members of my family have promised to wear the t-shirt multiple times a month to bring awareness to my needs.
Will you join them? CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A SHIRT ( the t-shirt campaign has ended Thank you for your purchase)
All purchase proceeds will be added to the GoFundMe.
If you have any questions or want to send words of encouragement, please feel free to reach out. (770) 756 6122 | [email redacted]
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My family and I can’t wait to see how you will choose to be a part of this powerful journey!
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