Transplant Type: Kidney
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Francis Reising is awaiting a new lease on life. In 1976, he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Over the next twenty years, Francis underwent multiple bowel resections, was treated with steroids, and developed several kidney stones, some even requiring invasive kidney surgery. Francis was able to manage his illness for the next few years due to biological infusions, but he began having Crohn’s disease issues again in 2015, and ended up receiving an ostomy. By the end of 2018, Francis had developed stage four kidney failure. Now doctors say a kidney transplant is critical to his survival. While awaiting his transplant, Francis must endure regular dialysis treatments, which leave him exhausted and take a toll on his quality of life.
During such a challenging time, Francis is thankful for his wife, Sandra, their daughter, Caroline, family, and friends. He wishes they didn’t have to be so concerned about his health, but he is grateful for their love and support. Before his health began to decline, Francis enjoyed being active outdoors, traveling, and spending time with his loved ones, but these days, his activities are quite limited. Francis looks forward to the transplant that will allow him to live his life with as few limitations as possible, and to spend many more years making memories with his family, but right now, he needs your help.
Unfortunately, Francis’ 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.
Francis lives more than 90 miles from the transplant center, and he incurs substantial expenses each time he visits for evaluations and doctors’ appointments. When he receives his transplant, Francis and Sandra 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 Francis.
If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Florida Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Francis Reising” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Mayo Clinic Florida