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We're thrilled to report that Noel received his transplant on February 20, 2013!
In 1992, Noel tried to enlist in the U.S. Army, but during medical testing, he learned he was suffering from chronic renal insufficiency. He doesn’t know how long he’s had this illness, but his doctor believes he could have been born with it.
In 2004, he was placed on the transplant waiting list, but his kidney functions improved, so a transplant was no longer necessary. Then, in 2012, he went into renal failure, and doctors said a kidney transplant was critical to his survival. Thankfully, his wife, Brandi, was found to be a donor match, and she donated one of her own kidneys to save Noel's life.
Noel and Brandi have three children, who mean the world to them both. It breaks his heart that his family has had to worry so much about his health, and he wants nothing more than to feel healthy again so he can spend many more quality years with his loved ones. Despite his frightening health challenge, Noel has always relied on his strong faith in the Lord to see him through even the most difficult days.
Regardless of how challenging things become, he wants others to see the light of Christ in him because he wants to be an example to his family, friends and anyone he meets.
The average kidney transplant costs approximately $250,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health coverage, he still faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications, which are as critical to his survival as the transplant.
Thankfully, he has still been able to work in the oilfields, but he will miss some work during the recovery process, adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Noel. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Texas Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Noel Franks" on the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
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