Help Make Sherri's Kidney Transplant A Success
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Please help Sherri keep her new kidney alive.
Sherri has led one of the roughest lives of anyone I have ever met, and yet, has done so with a smile. Sherri was diagnosed at age 2. She lost both her mother 6 ...
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Please help Sherri keep her and her new kidney transplant alive!
My 28 year-old daughter-in-law has led one of the roughest lives of anyone I have ever met, and yet, has done so with a smile. Sherri was diagnosed at age 2. She lost both her mother 6 years ago, and her brother at 11 to a disease, that she herself suffers from. Deserted by uncaring relatives who are ignorant of the daily struggle her life has been, she has lived with this disease that has taken away any hope for a future. Sherri suffers from Alports Syndrome, a very rare form of severe genetic kidney malfunction. In Alports, the filtering system of the kidneys breaks down. The cartilage in the body becomes damaged, often leading to hearing loss and problems in the joints. Like her mother and brother before her, Sherri ended up on dialysis, her life dependent upon a machine draining, filtering and returning her blood. She sat in a chair for four hours, three times a week, at a nearby hospital receiving dialysis. With no help from most family or friends Sherri has had to face a loss of her kidney function and a life connected to a dialysis machine. She also had to come to terms with the death of her mother and 19 year old brother, which left her without anyone to look after her or help her through such a difficult time. Sherri's life and dreams have been on a constant painful pause, even after a recent, a much-needed, kidney transplant. Life has been moving very slowly to just plain stagnant for Sherri. With no money to have the proper diet needed after a kidney transplant as well as no money to get to medical appointments, pay for necessary medications, or even her living expenses, Sherri tries to keep positive for the sake of her new kidney, which she believes is a blessing from God. Sherri has dreams of having a job and living a somewhat normal life, but given her medical condition she has often attended job interviews where she is viewed as being nothing more than disabled. No return phone call was common despite how well the interview seemed to go..
Due to such poor health through her teenage years, Sherri has not had the opportunity to get a decent eduction in order to be considered in the workforce. Sherri's goals are to keep this new gift, a new kidney alive so that she can have the life that most of us already have. This is a young woman who very unfairly received the "short end of the stick" , developing this extremely debilitating disease that would have kept her from living until the age of thirty. All I ask is that
anyone in a position to donate whether big or small, help Sherri, please reach out to her by donating to help her with getting the food she requires, her medical appointments, her medication and the funds she needs to be able to survive. Any additional funds beyond her basic needs would be used for education towards a trade so that she can have what anyone wants...a job where she can earn money and make her feel good about herself for the first time since her diagnosis.
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