James McLean, Jr.
Transplant Type: Kidney
What if you were living on borrowed time?
James McLean, Jr. is awaiting a new lease on life. He was battling hypertension when his kidneys began to fail. He was lucky enough to receive a kidney transplant several years ago, but his new kidney began to fail after only seven years. Doctors say a second kidney transplant is necessary for his survival. For the past six years, James has endured regular dialysis treatments, which leave him exhausted and take a toll on his quality of life. He must continue these treatments until a kidney is found.
During such a challenging time, James is thankful to be surrounded by a strong support system. His wife, Tara, their four daughters, and granddaughter have been by his side every step of the way providing much needed love and encouragement. While it has been very hard for James and Tara, these circumstances have also brought them closer together, strengthened their trust in each other, and given them perspective on what matters most in life. James looks forward to the kidney transplant that will allow to live his life fully again and help other kidney disease patients. More than anything, he would like to travel and spend time with his loved ones, but right now, he needs your help.
Unfortunately, James’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 health insurance, which will cover the cost of his transplant, 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 are as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.
James must travel to reach his transplant center for evaluations and doctors’ appointments. When he receives his transplant, James and Tara will need to stay near the hospital during recovery, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food, and lodging, adding to the financial strain.
What if your life depended on the compassion and generosity of others?
The National Foundation for Transplants is working with volunteers and supporters to help relieve the growing burden of expenses for James. The National Foundation for Transplants has been assisting transplant patients with fundraising support for more than 35 years. Your gift—of $25, $50, $100 or more—will enable The National Foundation for Transplants to provide James with the financial support he desperately needs.
You can help in the following ways:
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 James McLean , Jr.” in the memo line.
If you have any questions about The National Foundation for Transplants, feel free to contact the staff at 800-489-3863.
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