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We're thrilled to report that Ken received his transplant on June 4, 2013!
In 2009, he began having issues with his blood pressure, and his health worsened until he was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure. Although doctors don’t know why, he has also developed pulmonary fibrosis. A lung/kidney transplant was critical to Ken’s survival.
Because of his numerous doctors’ appointments and treatments, he was often exhausted and left with little energy to enjoy any activities or hobbies. He looks forward to resuming his normal life and being able to take care of himself again. Ken is extremely grateful for his wife, Jessie, and their two daughters, who make sure he gets to every appointment and that he takes his medications on schedule. This has been a difficult journey for the entire family, but they’re making it through day by day by relying on each other. But right now, the Stevensons need your help.
The average lung/kidney transplant costs more than $1 million. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, he faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications can be very costly, and they are as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.
Ken and Jessie relocated 175 miles from their home to be near the hospital while awaiting the transplant, and they must stay there at least a year post-transplant, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food and lodging. Because of his health issues, he had to stop working as a truck driver in 2009, adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Ken. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT South Carolina Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Ken Stevenson" on the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
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