Transplant type: Kidney
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Tina Thomas is awaiting a new lease on life. On December 18, 2020, she was rushed to the emergency with what was found to be a 9mm kidney stone. The kidney stone was blocking her bladder, and wreaked havoc on her kidneys. She began dialysis treatments on Christmas Eve. Dialysis leaves her exhausted and takes a toll on her quality of life. While Tina was discharged from the hospital after three weeks, she had to continue enduring dialysis until her kidney function improved in March 2021. Just a few months later, her kidneys began to fail again. Now, doctors say a kidney transplant is critical to her survival.
This has been a difficult time for Tina, as she is not able to be as active as she once was. She is extremely grateful for the love and support of her partner, Wade, her son, Tyler, family, and friends. While they do not all live near her, she is thankful for their love and support. Before her health began to decline, Tina loved gardening, knitting, and crocheting chemo beanies, bikinis, ponchos, and barefoot sandals, but these days, her activities are extremely limited. She looks forward to the transplant that will allow her to live life with as few limitations as possible. She is ready to travel with Wade and get the chance to see him perform on stage as a musician, but right now, she needs your help.
Unfortunately, Tina’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 insurance, which will cover the cost of her 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 are as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.
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 Tina. 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 Tina with the financial support she desperately needs.
You can help in the following ways:
Send a tax-deductible donation via check or credit card. Please make your check payable to National Foundation for Transplants, 3249 W. Sarazens Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Remember to write “in honor of Tina Thomas” on 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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