Transplant Type: Kidney
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Chris Short is awaiting a new lease on life. He has suffered from neurological damage since birth which led to decades of endocrine issues as a child and diabetes in adulthood. Through numerous doctors and different treatments over the years, Chris has been diligent in his management of these conditions, a few unexpected occurences have wreaked havoc on his body. Chris has suffered from a wound that continued to fester and would not heal, amputations, a stroke, and acute kidney damage. Now doctors say a kidney transplant is necessary for his survival.
During such a challenging time, Chris is thankful to be surrounded by a strong support system. His wonderful wife, Susan, their family, and friends have been by his side every step of the way providing much needed love and encouragement. Chris’ sister and mother have even stepped up to be tested to be a living donor. While it has been very hard for Chris and his loved ones, 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, Chris enjoyed traveling, hiking, and walking in the woods to find geocaches, but these days, his activities are quite limited due to overwhelming fatigue and nausea. Chris looks forward to the kidney transplant that will allow him to regain his sense of adventure. Over the past decade, Chris has had the privilege of exploring more than thirty countries, but now needs assistance to reach his own mailbox. He is ready to spend many more years with his family adding pins to his map of memories, but right now, Chris needs your help.
Unfortunately, Chris’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 health insurance, which will cover the costs of the transplant, 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 are 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 Chris.
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 Chris Short” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
If you have any questions about The National Foundation for Transplants, feel free to contact the staff at 800-489-3863.