Frank Fritz, Jr.
Transplant type: Kidney
Frank Fritz, Jr., is awaiting a new lease on life. He has spent a lifetime battling various health issues, including multiple hospitalizations as a child, but he has always been a fighter. In 2004, he was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease and he began to lose his hearing. For the next decade, he became more and more isolated as his hearing slowly diminished. Thankfully, he received a cochlear implant in 2014. Soon after, he underwent an extensive back surgery. Frank spent 7 weeks in skilled nursing, and it ultimately took him a year to walk again. Still, he persevered and eventually returned to work. However, in July of 2018, he began to experience issues with his kidneys. Since then, his kidney function has steadily declined and last March he ended up in the ER for emergency dialysis. He’s been on dialysis ever since, which leaves him tired and takes a toll on his quality of life. Frank now faces end-stage renal disease. Doctors say a kidney transplant is necessary.
During this difficult time, Frank is thankful for the love and support of his wife of 46 years, Donna, and their family and friends. Frank and Donna have two grown children and two grandchildren, and his illness prevents him from being the active husband, father, and grandfather he longs to be. He enjoys high performance vehicles (washing, detailing, and driving), going for walks, and spending time with his family. Frank was an accomplished sax player for many years, even receiving a college scholarship for his abilities, and hopes to play again someday. He looks forward to receiving a transplant that will free him from dialysis and give him back his energy. Frank wants nothing more than to be healthy so he can feel like himself again and live his life to the fullest. But right now, he needs your help.
The average kidney transplant costsmore than $414,000, and that’sonly the beginning. Even with insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs, he still faces significant expenses related to the surgery. 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. You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Frank. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Texas Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 850, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Frank Fritz, Jr.” in the memo line.
Transplant Center: Baylor Scott & White