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A Sincere Thank You!

Eva Valentine is a bright and cheerful young lady who has been a friend of our family since she was in kindergarten. When she was diagnosed with kidney failure resulting from lupus several years ago, we assumed that there was some system in place to provide for her care and that she would automatically receive all necessary medical treatment. Just a few months ago, however, we learned that this was not the case and that, because she could not afford her medications, Eva was no closer to being placed on the transplant list than the day that she was diagnosed.  As it turns out, Tulane Medical Center where she has applied requires a patient to have $10,000 on hand and to be actively fund-raising in order to be placed on the waiting list. To make matters worse, Eva was about to celebrate her twenty-first birthday and would no longer receive priority placement as a juvenile. Despite her dire circumstances, Eva never asked anyone for help.

With Eva's birthday less than two months away, we asked you to donate any amount that you could afford to help Eva qualify for the transplant program. Your response was amazing! At the close of business on August 28, 2012 (Eva's birthday), your donations were more than sufficient to meet this immediate need!
Words cannot adequately express our gratitude...Thank You For Your Generosity!

Eva is presently being evaluated as a candidate for kidney transplant surgery and we hope to get word soon that she has been added to the transplant list. Again, Thank You So Much!

Wikipedia: Kidney Transplantation

Kidney transplantation is a life-extending procedure.[24] The typical patient will live 10 to 15 years longer with a kidney transplant than if kept on dialysis.[25] The increase in longevity is greater for younger patients, but even 75-year-old recipients (the oldest group for which there is data) gain an average four more years of life. People generally have more energy, a less restricted diet, and fewer complications with a kidney transplant than if they stay on conventional dialysis.

Some studies seem to suggest that the longer a patient is on dialysis before the transplant, the less time the kidney will last. It is not clear why this occurs, but it underscores the need for rapid referral to a transplant program. Ideally, a kidney transplant should be preemptive, i.e., take place before the patient begins dialysis.

At least four professional athletes have made a comeback to their sport after receiving a transplant: New Zealand rugby union player Jonah Lomu, German-Croatian Soccer Player Ivan Klasnić, and NBA basketballers Sean Elliott and Alonzo Mourning.

PERITONEAL DIALYSIS is a procedure that simulates the function of the kidneys by circulating a solution of sugar and other electrolytes through the abdominal cavity. Waste materials  pass from the blood through the peritoneum, a thin membrane that surrounds the internal organs, and into the solution, which is then drained from the abdominal cavity. While peritoneal dialysis is usually better tolerated than hemodialysis, it does not eliminate the need for kidney transplant surgery. Patients who receive a transplant typically enjoy much better health and substantially greater longevity than patients who are forced to remain on dialysis indefinitely.