Zandra


"To the person considering helping me, you are helping more than one person. You are helping a family, you are helping a small child, and others in my family that need me. To the person that takes away the pain and the nausea , the feeling tired all the time, and keeps me from dying so that I can be here for my loved ones, I'd say you too are my loved one. You would have just given me the gift of life - the greatest gift you can give. "


Zandra—  POtential kidney Transplant Recipient 

My name is Zandra, and I am asking for your help to save my life.

I am in the last stage of Kidney disease, and I have to do treatments at home everyday that last 9 or more hours. I have also had a recent surgery in my stomach so it makes treatment painful for me, but i have to do it regardless so I can stay alive. 

I am thankful to God to be alive, but I spend most days feeling scared, tired, and depressed. I am very hopeful to find a kidney, but I still worry - I am raising a six year old with special needs and worry about being here for him. The kidney failure and the treatments keep me tired and weak so it is hard to do things with him.

I enjoy my kids and grand kids, but I also enjoy - or at least used to enjoy - being out doors, fishing and hiking, music, gardening, traveling, and bowling. I also love cooking, because I was a cook for most of my life, and as a Christian, I enjoy worship, ministry, and helping others.

The most difficult part of waiting is seeing the effects it has on my 6 year old. He was recently diagnosed with PTSD, and he has seen so many bad things happen to me leading up to this. He asked Santa for a Kidney; he asks every time I go to appointments "are you getting a kidney today?" It weighs on his mind too, and we do not know how to give him comfort.

To the person considering helping me, you are helping more than one person. You are helping a family, you are helping a small child, and others in my family that need me. To the person that takes away the pain and the nausea , the feeling tired all the time, and keeps me from dying so that I can be here for my loved ones, I'd say you too are my loved one. You would have just given me the gift of life - the greatest gift you can give.

I look forward to being able to do things again. To see my kids and grand kids grow up, to help others who are going through this - whether it be by cooking and taking them healthy meals or giving rides to appointments when they are too tired or nauseous to drive. I know what life is like with this ailment and I would not forget those still waiting.

Living donor transplants generally have better outcomes and can be arranged at a time convenient for both parties. No waiting and wondering while my body continues to weaken.

The most difficult part of waiting for a transplant is not knowing what the future holds. The first step is to contact my transplant center using the information in the box above. The entire process is strictly confidential and medical costs are covered by my insurance.

Please review existing Living Donor Benefits/Rights to determine which apply to you. In addition, the American Transplant Foundation has a Financial Resource Guide you can consult for further information. 

Thank you for taking your time to read and understand my current life situation, and we would appreciate you considering donating or spreading the word.

Thank you so much for your consideration!

Zandra

To Become My Living Donor:

STEP 1

Please contact my transplant coordinator below if you would like to be tested to become my donor. You will need my name: Zandra B. and my DOB: 05/09/1975

STEP 2

Please take a few minutes to join our confidential database so we can send you updates and resources.