Transplant Type: Kidney
Michael Harris is awaiting a new lease on life. He was diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure several years ago, and it has taken a toll on his body, especially his kidneys. In recent years, his kidney function has sharply declined, and Michael was diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure in 2017. He is on dialysis, which leaves him tired and affects his quality of life. Doctors say a kidney transplant is necessary.
During this difficult time, Michael is thankful for the love and support of his wife, Debbie, and their family and friends. Michael and Debbie have three daughters and two grandchildren, and his illness prevents him from being the active husband, father, and grandfather he wants to be. Michael looks forward to receiving a transplant that will free him from dialysis and give him back his energy. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing with his grandchildren, fishing, and reading about history, but his illness sometimes limits his activities. Michael wants nothing more than to be healthy so he can enjoy an active life with his family, return to work, and live a normal life. But right now, he needs your help.
The average kidney transplant costs more than $414,000, and that’s only 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. Michael’s health and dialysis schedule forced him to stop working earlier this year, further adding to his financial burdens.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Michael. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT North Carolina Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazens Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Michael Harris” on the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: University of North Carolina