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“Save Leftie! Find him a Bestie!"
Please read below for an update on Geri's condition:
On January 16, 2013, Geri received a kidney transplant from her sister, Dana. In December of the same year, she received a new pancreas, which meant she was no longer suffering from diabetes.
Sadly, her pancreas is now in rejection, which is negatively impacting her kidney function. She will soon find herself on the transplant waiting list for a pancreas once again. If she doesn't receive a new pancreas soon, complications from the current rejection could cause her to lose her kidney.
Geri will be making weekly trips to have blood drawn, and because of insurance issues she'll have to travel to a lab that's not near her home. Her medications have all gone up significantly in price, and she will not be able work because of the stain on the kidney as she waits for the new pancreas.
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.
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.
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!
Patient Health Institute: *[University of Pittsburgh Medical Center|http://www.upmc.com]*