Transplant Type: Kidney
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Andrea Jackson is awaiting a new lease on life. In 1999, she was diagnosed with lupus disease with kidney involvement. Unfortunately, autoimmune diseases run in her family, and both her mother and grandmother suffer from autoimmune disorders. Andrea has battled kidney failure for more than twenty years and has been forced to endure regular dialysis treatments for over three years now. Her condition has continued to worsen, and now doctors say a kidney transplant is critical to her survival.
This has been a difficult time for Andrea, as she is not able to be as active as she once was. She is extremely grateful for the love and support of her husband, Mark, their three children, family, and friends, who have been by her side every step of the way. While it has been very hard for Andrea and Mark, these circumstances have also brought them closer together, strengthened their trust in each other and in the Lord, and given them perspective on what matters most in life. Before her health began to decline, Andrea enjoyed going to the gym, exercising, photography, traveling, and painting, but these days, her activities are extremely limited. She looks forward to the transplant that will allow her to live life with as few limitations as possible, and to have the strength and energy to play with her first grandchild (due in September), but right now, she needs your help.
Unfortunately, Andrea’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.
The average kidney transplant costs approximately $442,000. And that is only the beginning. Even with insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs, she still faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of her life, she will need follow-up care and anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they are as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Andrea.
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 Andrea Jackson” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Baylor Scott and White All Saints Medical Center-Fort Worth