Donnell Mills Kidney Fund

Hi, I’m Donnell, I’ve worked my entire adult life and always provided for myself and my family. But my health began to fail in 2003. I began having migraine headaches and after several tests, it was determined that I was suffering from kidney disease. My kidney was functioning at only 25%, which meant I was in renal failure. I kept up with all of my doctor’s appointments and followed all instructions. However by 2004 it was at just 10%, which meant I had to begin dialysis treatments and I was added to the kidney transplant list.

In 2009, after five years of dialysis, I finally received the call I’d been praying for—there was a kidney waiting for me at Duke University Hospital! The transplant procedure itself was successful. Unfortunately, my body began to reject the kidney after three years and by 2013, I was once again receiving dialysis and have been for the last four years. I do exactly as the doctors and dialysis center instruct me to in hopes that my name will be added to the transplant list, that a kidney will become available and that a second procedure will be completely successful and without rejection.

What you may not know is that many people receive a transplant and then cannot afford the necessary maintenance medications. So, beyond my failing physical condition, I must also qualify financially. In order to be added to the list, I must raise at least $5,000 to prove that I can afford the post-transplant medications. I am grateful for any assistance you can provide to help me to my financial goal and ultimately a second and successful transplant.

My poor health and the need for dialysis three days a week puts countless limitations on my ability to participate in normal family activities and outings. Dealing with my health issues continues to be a long, arduous, physical and emotional journey for me and my family; especially for my wife, Sandy, who has been by my side for the duration. I love her without question, and having a healthy body will allow me to take her on a long overdue and much-needed vacation. We want to see the world! Live your life to the fullest and take care of your health now!

In addition to financial assistance, I am also making a plea for you to become an organ donor. You could be saving the life of a stranger or that of a friend or loved one. There are so many people that prefer not to ask for help, but if it is the difference between saving a life or not, count me in. Can I count on you? Maintenance medications are expensive and $5,000 is the amount needed to add me to the transplant list.

Whatever any of you can do is greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
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