For Kelli

Will y’all do me a favor today?  If you don’t yet know my dear friend Kelli, will you go to her blog and read her story?  She’s a 45 year old wife and mom of two kids.  Her life for the past several years has been one of illness and kidney dialysis and innumerable tests and screenings and examinations.  She’s been just barely getting by, healthwise, waiting to be stable enough for the doctors to say that she is ready to receive a kidney.   Last Thursday she finally, finally got that green light.  She is at the *very top* of the kidney transplant list.  HUGE praises to God for that blessing!

Now she needs our help.  She needs people willing to be tested to see if they are candidates to possibly donate a kidney.    She needs people willing to pitch in to help cover travel costs for her and her family during the transplant process and in the weeks afterward- her hospital is in Portland, OR,  3 hours from her home.  She needs people to blog about her needs so that more people will have a chance to pitch in.  And of course, most of all she needs our prayer.

Just a bit more about being a living donor:

  • Anyone who has type A or type O blood is a possible match for Kelli.
  • All donor medical costs (except for travel) are completely covered by Kelli’s insurance.
  • An interesting tidbit:  kidney donors on average live LONGER than non-donors.

Will you consider helping her in one or more of those ways?

On behalf of my friend and her family, I thank you.

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  1. Kelli will be in my thoughts and prayers. My uncle received a donor kidney in 1970 (when xplants were still cutting edge) and lived for 30 years with it. My father (his identical twin) also received a transplant during his life. I hope she meets her perfect match and both have a smooth recovery.

  2. elizabethrose says:

    Kelli will be in my prayers. Thank you for telling us about her needs.

  3. My mom is a living donor. She gave a kidney to a woman that she didn’t know. She heard of the need for someone at church, and felt that she should be tested as a match. She was a near perfect match. It is truly a selfless sacrifice. I hope your friend is able to find a match soon.

  4. Stephanie says:

    I wanted to share my story. I donated to my aunt almost six years ago and feel it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am doing great physically, mentally, and emotionally. I am probably in the best shape of my life due to the fact that I know I have to take extra special care of myself for my children. My aunt is doing great; at one point, they starting lowering her anti-rejection medications. Kelli and her family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that knowing that a donor can lead a perfectly normal life after donating will encourage those that are debating on whether or not to donate to do so. Thank you for sharing her story.