Judy Estelle Bowen Kidney Transplant Med Expenses

My mama, Judy Estelle Bowen deserves to be with us longer! ❤️ She had undiagnosed kidney reflux surgically corrected in her early 20s,  left with 60% kidney function, and had 3 children who were miracles for her body to birth. Since 2012, mom's kidney health has declined and improved and declined again and then nosedived...she is a living miracle. Because Mom is otherwise healthy, she has been able to maintain stage 5 kidney failure  with diet and exercise much longer than other kidney patients and did not require dialysis.

However, in mid-May 2019, things became very critical with her kidney function dropping below 10%. Mom was hospitalized for 6 days and started dialysis. We all went through testing and my sister Ashley was a donor match. Mom will have a kidney transplant on August 22 at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago. Mom will live in Chicago with my sister for 2 months post surgery to be closely monitored. 

Since there will be out of pocket expenses associated with this process and missed work/income for Mom, I decided to start a fundraising campaign to lessen the financial burden so she can focus on her health.

There is also a Judy Bowen Medical Fund set up at Citizen's Bank, P.O. Box 469, Van Buren, AR, 72957. The routing number is 082901017 and  account number is 507422791 if you want to donate directly via mailing a check, bank transfer or bill pay to this account vs. GoFundMe. 

My hope is that many hands with small donation amounts like $25 (or 5 Starbucks) will make a difference. I know some people can do more and we're very, very grateful to anyone for any amount donated. Thank y'all so much!

Even more importantly, we covet your prayers for a successful kidney transplant surgery. 

Thank you for your love, prayers & support!
Cortney Bowen Schwalbe & all of the family


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Cort Sh Wallbee 
Van Buren, AR
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