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Geri Whalen, a mother of three, needs her third transplant in 3 years to survive and you can help!
Geri is once again awaiting a new lease on life. After battling type-1 diabetes for 23 years, Geri found herself in kidney failure. Thankfully, she received a kidney transplant in January of 2013. To preserve her kidney, affectionately named “Leftie,” Geri received a new pancreas in December of 2013. The pancreas transplant was an essential part of the attempt to cure her type-1 diabetes and preserve Leftie, her new kidney. Both transplants were successful and meant Geri had good kidney function and was no longer suffering from diabetes.
Sadly, her pancreas is now in rejection. The diabetes has returned full force, and all of this is negatively impacting Geri’s 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 Leftie. A working pancreas is a kidney’s best friend, and Leftie needs a new best friend!
The average kidney/pancreas transplant costs approximately $475,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health coverage, Geri faces significant medical expenses related to this third transplant. She’ll continue to need a lifetime of follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications, which are very expensive and as necessary to her survival as the transplant itself.
While all of this is disheartening news, Geri and her family are not giving up. They are working to raise funds for this unexpected complication, keep their spirits up and focus on the positive with a campaign to ‘Save Leftie! Find him a Bestie!”
Despite the health challenges over the last few years, Geri has remained strong and persevered. She even graduated from the biotechnology program at a local college with a perfect 4.0 GPA! Geri and her best friend, Adam, have been married for 13 years, and they have three wonderful children—Eve, Elle and Ian—who mean the world to them both. Your support is essential – whether it is your good thoughts, prayers or financial contribution, please know it means the world to the Whalen family. YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
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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