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We're thrilled to report that Geri received her kidney transplant on January 16, 2013! Both she and her sister Dana, who was her donor, are doing well.
On December 12, 2013, she received her lifesaving pancreas transplant, which means she is no longer battling diabetes!
In 2007, after the birth of her third child, she learned she had developed kidney disease. Although she has no family history of this illness, she has battled diabetes since she was 9. Doctors said a kidney/pancreas transplant was essential to her survival.
Despite her health challenges, Geri remains positive about her future. She sees herself as a normal wife and mom who is facing a difficult situation, but she is confident she can overcome this battle. Geri and her best friend, Adam, have been married for 11 years, and they have three wonderful children—Eve, Elle and Ian—who mean the world to them both.
She wants nothing more than to feel like herself again so she can play with her children the way she used to. Geri looks forward to having the energy to go running again, but more than anything, she wants to spend many more years with Adam watching their children grow up. Right now, the Whalens need your help.
The average kidney/pancreas transplant costs approximately $475,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health coverage, she still faces significant medical expenses related to the transplant. She will need a lifetime of follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. These medications are very pricey and are as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.
Although she is still able to work as a waitress, she has had to cut back on her shifts, and she’ll also miss time from work after receiving her transplant, adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Geri. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Pennsylvania Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Geri Whalen" on the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
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