Transplant Type: Kidney
Debbie Brown is awaiting a new lease on life. She has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and monoclonal gammopathy of renal significance. Her illness has taken a toll on her body and caused her kidneys to fail in January 2018. Now doctors say a kidney transplant is critical to her survival. While awaiting her transplant, Debbie must endure regular dialysis treatments that take a toll on her quality of life.
This has been a difficult time for Debbie, as she’s not able to be as active as she once was. She is extremely grateful for the love and support of son, Jacob, her mother, family and friends, who have all been by her side every step of the way. Before her health began to decline, she enjoyed cooking, shopping, and spending time with friends and family, but these days her activities are quite limited due to fatigue. She looks forward to the transplant that will allow her to live life with as few limitations as possible, but she needs your help.
Unfortunately, Debbie’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 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’re as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.
Debbie lives over 500 miles from the transplant center, and she incurs substantial expenses each time she visits for evaluations and doctors’ appointments. When she receives her transplant, Debbie and her caregiver will need to stay near the hospital during recovery, adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Debbie. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Indiana Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazens Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Debbie Brown” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Mayo Clinic Transplant Center