Transplant Type: Kidney
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Estdonda Tirado is awaiting a new lease on life. When she was only four years old, Estdonda was diagnosed with kidney disease. As an adult, it was found that she suffered from stage 4 focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). She was able to maintain stage 4 for many years, but in 2019, she moved into stage 5 and was forced to begin regular dialysis treatments. Dialysis leaves her exhausted and takes a toll on her quality of life. Now, doctors say a kidney transplant is critical for her survival. Estdonda must continue to endure regular dialysis treatments until a new kidney is found.
This has been a difficult time for Estdonda, as she is not able to be as active as she once was. She is extremely grateful for the love and support of her sister, Carrie, her son, Wayde, daughter-in-law, Leslie, grandson, Stetson, family, and friends, who have been by her side every step of the way. Estdonda enjoys spending time with her grandson, going to the beach, going out to listen to music with her sister, and spending time with her family. While she is still able to do most of these things, her activities are extremely limited. She looks forward to the transplant that will allow her to live life with as few limitations as possible, and to watch her grandson grow up, but right now, she needs your help.
Unfortunately, Estdonda’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 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 are as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.
Estdonda must travel more than 200 miles to reach her transplant center for evaluations and doctors’ appointments. When she receives her transplant, Estdonda and her caregiver will need to stay near the hospital during recovery, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food, and lodging, adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Estdonda.
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 Estdonda Tirado” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Mayo Clinic Florida
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