Transplant Type: Kidney
Ed Young is awaiting a new lease on life. In 2013, he was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and his kidney function has been declining ever since. There is no family history of kidney disease, and his illness has been attributed to long-term hypertension and the medications taken to control it. Edward’s condition leaves him tired and affects his quality of life. Doctors say a kidney transplant is critical and he has been on the Mayo transplant list for the last year. In the interim, Ed has had to go on dialysis, adding to his financial and physical challenges. Dialysis is both physically taxing and expensive. Ed's share of the dialysis expense, after insurance, is over $700.00 per month.
During this difficult time, Edward is thankful for the love and support of his wife of 47+ years, Jeanne, and their family and friends. They have two grown sons, Kyle and Brad, five grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. Ed’s illness causes a lot of worry for his family. He looks forward to receiving a transplant that will save his life and give him back his freedom to live life normally. Ed enjoys caring for the family pets, camping, hunting, church activities, working on vehicles, and spending time with his family. Thankfully, he is still able to do most of these things, but as he has begun dialysis three times per week, his activities have become more limited. Edward wants nothing more than to be healthy so he will feel better and have a better quality of life. But right now, he needs your help.
The average kidney transplant costs more than $414,000, and that’s only the beginning. Even with insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs, he still faces significant expenses related to the surgery including routine evaluations at the hospital in Phoenix. Currently he an Jeanne need to stay in Phoenix for several days when being evaluated. In addition, for the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are expensive, and they’re as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.
Ed lives 350 miles from his transplant center and traveling back and forth for appointments is expensive. When he receives his transplant, he will have to temporarily relocate to be nearby while he recovers, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food, and lodging.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Edward. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT New Mexico Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazens Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Edward Young” on the memo line.
Many of you have donated previously which is appreciated, If you cannot donate, Ed certainly understands. He would just ask you to please share this appeal with your friends on social media, email, etc. as they may be able to help as well.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Mayo Clinic Phoenix