Transplant Type: Liver
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Amber Shechter is fighting for her life. In March, shortly before her 27th birthday, she went to see her doctor when she started to notice changes in her bodily functions. Amber was then sent to the hospital after her bloodwork came back with worrisome results. After a few weeks in the hospital, and undergoing a battery of tests and imaging, Amber was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a very rare and aggressive bile duct cancer, due to an underlying condition known as primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) that is asymptomatic until it creates a tumor large enough to cause noticeable changes in the body, due to the liver being blocked up.
Now doctors say a liver transplant is critical to her survival- It would even cure her.
This has been a difficult time for Amber, her partner, Megan, their family, and friends. Amber wishes that they did not need to be so concerned about her health but is grateful for their love and support. Amber dreams of being healthy enough to spend many more years with her loved ones and to become an advocate for transplant and cancer patients in her community, but right now, she needs your help.
Unfortunately, Amber’s hope for a new life and chance for a cure comes at a very high price.
The average liver transplant costs approximately $878,000. And that is only the beginning. Even with insurance, which will cover the cost of the transplant, she still faces significant expenses related to chemotherapy, radiation, and the surgery. For the rest of her life, she will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications, which are as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.
Amber lives more than 965 miles from the transplant center, and she incurs substantial expenses each time she visits for evaluations and doctors’ appointments. When she receives her transplant, Amber and Megan will need to stay near the hospital for up to three months during recovery, adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Amber.
If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the National Foundation for Transplants, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Amber Shechter in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Mayo Clinic Rochester