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A kidney for Jenna

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Raised by 168 people in 20 months

Jenna is 31 years old and has been waiting for a kidney transplant for over 5 years. She does dialysis daily and cannot miss a day. This is her survival. She desperately needs a new kidney!

She has 100% antibodies, meaning finding a matching donor would be almost impossible. She would only match only 3 out of every 10,000 people. 

A few days ago a friend, veteran Marine Gary Frey of Tucson, AZ, donated a kidney to a stranger through a swap program, so Jenna could get a kidney in return! His kidney was removed at UCLA  Medical Center and flown to an anonymous recipient, and it's working great!


In the meantime, Jenna's transplant hospital began pre-treatments of Jenna's blood, in order to bring her antibody level down, so she might find a match.  Her last lab result shows it is working! 

Now here's the best news!! The swap program has now found a good match for Jenna! Her antibodies are low enough so they could actually test her blood with a potential donor (also anonymous) and the results are favorable! Treatments will continue, but she is scheduled to get a kidney soon! This is the good karma Gary's gift to a stranger has brought Jenna!





Funds are needed for:

- Gary was waiting with Jenna in the swap program nearly 5 years, and he has had health evaluations and status updates over the years, paying for his own travel, lodging, and losing time off of work.  He is now getting some help from the National Living Donor Assistance Center, but it won't cover all of his out-of-pocket expenses. 

- Jenna has insurance co-pays and deductible, and because of these treatments, before and after surgery she will have expenses to cover.  She will also have anti-rejection drugs that are costly, and she will have to take them for the rest of her life. Her insurance pays for Gary's surgery, and Jenna's too, and it isn't 100% covered.

Please consider a donation, even $5 will help. If you cannot donate please share this request!

Thank you from Jenna and her family!

Please visit Jenna's facebook page:   www.facebook.com/wantedkidneydonor

If you need a kidney or know someone who might, you need to know about the National Kidney Registry:
www.kidneyregistry.org

To read more about Living Donation go to UCLA Kidney Donor Info:
https://www.uclahealth.org/transplants/workfiles/adultkidney/donorInformation_packet-2016.pdf 




 

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Last weekend Jenna and I went to the Rise Festival in Nevada. People share their personal messages on lanterns and launch them in waves, over 10,000 at a time! Our inspiration was all the friends, family and strangers who gave us support through Jenna’s years on dialysis and in our donor search, and the living donors who sacrificed for Jenna’s benefit. It was Jenna’s first road trip since her transplant a year ago, and it was an awesome experience that we will never forget.
Jenna’s gratitude lantern
Thousands of lanterns at Rise Festival
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I shared this on Facebook but wanted to yell out loud and tell you that "JENNA IS DOING GREAT!!" We celebrated Jenna’s ONE YEAR KIDNEY ANNIVERSARY with cupcakes and a big piñata. I can’t thank everyone enough, her dad who is the king of insurance billing, Rhonda for sharing her story, the kidney donors Gary and Mark, the dialysis team at Fresenius who kept her healthy for the 5 years she waited, the crew at the National Kidney Registry who stayed positive and found her (rare!) match, Suzanne the coordinator and doctors at UCLA Health who worked miracles, Barbara who stayed by our side during surgery, all the family (love you guys!), friends and strangers who donated to her Gofundme, my employer Stanislawski & Company, Inc who let me have as much time as I needed to stay in the hospital with Jenna plus numerous follow up appointments, all my kids, the drive-by drop off of in-n-out by Christine VS and visits by so many friends and family! Sorry I know I probably left people out but you’re in my heart! ❤️❤️❤️
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Since beginning this journey in June, to finally getting a kidney transplant, after waiting 5 years, Jenna is having her 30th blood treatment today. This will be her second dose of the drug Rituximab, to lower her antibodies and hopefully keep down the one she has in common with her kidney donor. The drug cost for each dose of Rituximab is $10,000, and it is administered as a slow infusion via an IV over several hours. She is pre-medicated with steroids, Benadryl and Tylenol to reduce side effects. She is in a deep sleep now and hopefully will feel ok at the of the infusion. Please keep good thoughts and prayers coming for our girl.
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All of Jenna's lab numbers are perfect and she's feeling great! However, the one antibody she has in common with her kidney donor has creeped up a bit and they want to keep it lower, so she's getting more IVIG today and tomorrow, then Rituximab next week at UCLA Medical Center. They premedicate with Benadryl and steroids so she'll have a nice nap. #kidney4jenna
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