Thank you for helping me through school after my kidney transplant

My name is Brooke, I am one of the lucky recipients of a generous educational scholarship offered by the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho given to to kidney transplant patients.  I was about 10 years old when I was diagnosed with level three reflux on both of my kidneys.  I received corrective surgery but  the damage was irreversible and my kidney function steadily declined until I had a kidney transplant in 2004 when I was 15.  I had been so sick prior to the transplant I didn’t even realize HOW sick… until the transplant.  It was a miracle.  I felt so much better — a whole new life.  I am now 20 years old, and just finished my 5th semester at Salt Lake Community College.  I just started my first semester in the Occupational Therapy Program.  It has been hard, but very exciting.  Without the Kidney Foundation’s help, I could not have taken so many classes toward my career.  I can not express enough, how incredibly grateful I am to the donors of the Kidney Foundation who make this possible for me.  Thank you for the donations to the Kidney Foundation so I could go to school.  Thank you for looking out for me, and helping me move forward, through the difficulties I’ve had with kidney disease in my life.   Sincerely,   Brook R. 

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