Transplant Type: Kidney
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Evan Thornton is awaiting a new lease on life. He was born with a genetic defect known as IgA neuropathy. While he has battled this disease for more than forty years, his condition has begun to worsen. Now doctors now say a kidney transplant is necessary. While awaiting his transplant, he endures regular dialysis treatments, which take a toll on his quality of life.
During such a challenging time, Evan is thankful to be surrounded by a strong support system of family and friends. His beautiful wife, Kristin, and their two children have been by his side every step of the way. Their wonderful family and friends have provided much needed love, encouragement and help to make sure everything is taken care of. While it’s been very hard for Evan and Kristin, these circumstances have also brought them closer together, strengthened their trust in each other, and given them perspective on what matters most in life.
Part of the reason that Evan is fundraising, is to take care of the living donor expenses that will be a part of this journey. His friend Andrea has stepped up to give him the gift of life. She is a loyal, dedicated friend that wants to do whatever she can to help Evan, and he wants to make sure that she can afford to do so. Evan is looking forward to the transplant that will allow him to spend many more years with his family, but right now, he needs your help.
Unfortunately, Evan’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.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Evan. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT North Carolina Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Ste 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Evan Thornton” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: University of North Carolina