Transplant Type: Kidney
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Brian Southerland is awaiting a new lease on life. In May 2020, He was sent to the emergency room for fear that he was having a heart attack. His blood pressure, blood sugar, and toxin levels in his body were all found to be dangerously high, and Brian was diagnosed with kidney failure. His diagnosis came as quite a shock as there is no family history of kidney disease. Now doctors say a kidney transplant is necessary. While awaiting his transplant, he endures regular dialysis treatments, which leave him exhausted and take a toll on his quality of life.
During such a challenging time, Brian is thankful to be surrounded by a strong support system. His beautiful wife, Odry, their family, and friends have been by his side every step of the way, providing much needed love and encouragement. While it’s been very hard for Brian and Odry, these circumstances have also brought them closer together, strengthened their trust in each other, and given them perspective on what matters most in life. Before his health began to decline, Brian enjoyed traveling, trying new foods, and spending time with his loved ones, but these days, his activities are quite limited. Brian looks forward to the transplant that will allow him to live his life with as few limitations as possible, but right now, he needs your help.
Unfortunately, Brian’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.
The average kidney transplant costs approximately $442,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs, he faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Brian.
If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Oklahoma Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Brian Southerland” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Baptist Integris