Transplant Type: Kidney
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Barbara Bunn is awaiting a new lease on life. She has been battling Type II diabetes for several years. Though she had always been able to manage her illness, she was hospitalized when a 10 cm kidney stone turned her kidney necrotic and led to sepsis. Barbara was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and was forced to begin regular dialysis treatments in 2019. Dialysis leaves her exhausted and takes a toll on her quality of life. Barbara’s condition has continued to worsen, and now doctors say a kidney transplant is critical to her survival. Thankfully, Barbara’s cousin Mark Moses from Tennessee will serve as her living donor.
This has been a difficult time for Barbara, as she is not able to be as active as she once was. She is extremely grateful for the love and support of her three sisters, family, and friends, who have been by her side every step of the way. Before her health began to decline, Barbara enjoyed attending church, traveling, walking, doing ceramics, and spending time with her loved ones, 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 spend many more years making memories with her family and friends, but right now, she needs your help.
Unfortunately, Barbara’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. Since Barbara does not live close to her transplant center, she and her caregiver may need to stay near the hospital 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 Barbara.
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 Barbara Bunn” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: University of North Carolina Hospitals
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