Transplant Type: Kidney
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Naomi Cannady has received new lease on life. She was diagnosed with RA and lupus in 2016. Lupus destroyed her kidneys, and she developed end-stage renal disease (ESRD) by 2017. Naomi’s condition continued to worsen, and doctors said a kidney transplant was critical to her survival. Thankfully, Naomi had someone step up to serve as her living donor, and she received her kidney transplant on 12/07/2020!
This has been a difficult time for Naomi, as she’s not able to be as active as she once was. She is extremely grateful for the love and support of her husband, John, their four children, two grandchildren, family and friends, who have been by her side every step of the way. Before her health began to decline, Naomi enjoyed walking in the park with her children, and fishing, but these days, her activities are extremely limited. She looks forward to fully recovering from the transplant so that she can get her life back and spend many more years with her loved ones, but right now, she needs your help.
Unfortunately, Naomi’s new life comes at a very high price.
The average kidney transplant costs approximately $442,000. And, that’s only the beginning. Even with insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs, 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.
Since Naomi lives more than 95 miles from her transplant center, she and John had to stay near the hospital during recovery. Also, they will need to travel to the transplant center often for follow-up evaluations and doctors’ appointments, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food and lodging, adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Naomi.
If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Oklahoma Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Naomi Cannady” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Integris Baptist Medical Center