My name is Barbara, and I am asking for your help to save my life. I am on the kidney transplant list in Wisconsin.
I have two daughters and one son. I have five grandchildren- two in college, one in high school, and two in elementary school. I have an associates degree in Data Processing and a bachelors in Business. I've worked for 27 years in the insurance industry and later joined my late husband in his construction business. I've always enjoyed playing sports. I spend time in the summer trying to grow my own vegetables and give away a lot of the produce when I have a good growing season.
I have been dealing with a weakened single kidney for 7 years. I lost my right kidney 7 years ago due to cancer. My loss of my right kidney came about because my dad had his kidney removed, and my siblings and I were advised to be tested. My brother and I were found to have the cancer. I have been trying hard to stay healthy, but am getting more worn out as of late. I've taken all of the training classes and orientation for dialysis.
After my transplant, I want to get back to my hobbies.
I would like to continue playing golf and cheering on my grandkids at their sporting events. I would like to get back to my hobby of stained glass and attending church.
I am looking for a living donor. I am asking this of both friends and strangers, because I have no immediate family that is able to donate. Living donor transplants generally have better outcomes and can be arranged at a time convenient for both parties. I am compatible with any Type O blood type. Even if you do not have the same blood type, you can donate as part of a paired exchange program.
The most difficult part of waiting for a transplant is not knowing what the future holds. I hope to continue spending time with my family and doing what I love.
The first step is to complete the form in the box above. The entire process is strictly confidential and medical costs are covered by my insurance. Please review existing Living Donor Benefits
to determine which apply to you. In addition, the American Transplant Foundation has financial assistance
available to cover any lost wages while you donate for those who are eligible after donation.
Thank you for considering saving my life.
With deep gratitude,