Transplant Type: Kidney
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Iyanni Kennedy is awaiting a new lease on life. At three years old, she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Her illness has taken its toll on her kidneys over the past twenty-one years, and she has been diagnosed with kidney failure. Now doctors say a kidney and pancreas transplant is critical to her survival. While awaiting her transplant, Iyanni must endure regular dialysis treatments. Dialysis leaves her exhausted and takes a toll on her quality of life.
Iyanni has spent most of her life battling diabetes, and she had to learn a new lifestyle and eating habits at a very early age. She had to learn and adjust again, two years ago when she began dialysis treatments. Iyanni looks forward to the transplant that will allow her to travel, focus on a career in the nursing field, and be a prisoner to diabetes no longer, but right now, she needs your help.
Unfortunately, Iyanni’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.
The average kidney and pancreas transplant costs approximately $713,000. And, that’s only the beginning. Even with insurance, which will cover the cost of the transplant, 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’re as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Iyanni.
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, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Iyanni Kennedy” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Vidant Medical Center