Sherie Jane Dacula
Transplant Type: Kidney
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Sherie Jane Dacula is an amazing young lady awaiting a new lease on life. In March 2015, she was shopping with a friend and began to experience chest pains. Sherie Jane thought it was nothing, but since she had previously been diagnosed with hypertension, she went to see her doctor. Her doctor ran her labs three times because he could not believe the results. Unfortunately, Sherie Jane was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy. Doctors say a kidney transplant is critical to her survival. Now in kidney failure, Sherie Jane must endure regular dialysis treatments until a kidney is found. These treatments keep her alive but take a toll on her quality of life from severe cramping pains, dietary restrictions, being easily prone to infections/illnesses due to a low immune system, and much more.
This has been a difficult time for Sherie Jane, as she’s not able to be as active as she once was. She is extremely grateful for the love and support of her boyfriend, family, and friends, who have been by her side every step of the way. Before her health began to decline, Sherie Jane enjoyed traveling, trying new foods, and spending time with her loved ones, but these days, her activities are extremely limited, especially during this pandemic. Since she is immunocompromised activities such as shopping or even a walk around the town are a major risk to her already compromised health. She looks forward to the transplant that will allow her to eat the foods she has been missing, get married and have children one day, pursue her career in healthcare so she can help others, and to live life with as few limitations as possible. She simply wants to be healthy enough to live and love life to the best of her ability. However, in order to do that, she needs your help right now.
Unfortunately, Sherie Jane’s hope for a 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 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. Due to her health condition, Sherie Jane was forced to stop working, adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Sherie Jane. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Louisiana Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Sherie Jane Dacula” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Ochsner Foundation Hospital