Demone O. Atkins
Transplant Type: Kidney
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Demone Atkins is awaiting a new lease on life. He was diagnosed with kidney failure while in his twenties. His diagnosis came as quite the shock as kidney failure does not run in his family. Demone’s condition has continued to worsen, and now doctors say a kidney transplant is necessary. For the past thirteen years, Demone has endured regular dialysis treatments which leave him exhausted and take a toll on his quality of life. He will need to continue these treatments until a kidney is found.
During such a challenging time, Demone is thankful to be surrounded by a strong support system. His nieces, nephews, 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 Demone and his family, these circumstances have also brought them closer together, strengthened their trust in each other, and given them perspective on what matters most in life. Demone looks forward to the transplant that will allow him to spend many more years with his loved ones. Most importantly, he wants to go back to school to earn a degree that will allow him to help other and make an impact in someone else’s life, but right now, he needs your help.
Unfortunately, Demone’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.
Because Demone must travel more than 195 miles from his home to the transplant center for evaluations and doctors’ appointments, he incurs substantial expenses for each trip. When he receives his transplant, Demone and his 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 the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Demone.
If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT South Carolina Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Demone Atkins” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Mayo Clinic Florida