Thank you for helping us pay St. Luke’s

Thank you to the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho and its donors for the help that was sent to St. Luke’s to help pay for my husband Tom’s medical care.  The help we received for his medical bills was gratefully received.  We want you to know we appreciate all you do for those who suffer from kidney failure.  We are grateful for the efforts of the National Kidney Foundation on beahlf of patients and for the help to alleviate some of the expenses that are incurred for this life saving dialysis treatment.  May you be blessed with continued corporate and foundaiton grants, as well as private gifts to your organization to continue your wonderful mission.  We appreciate the help we received from Lindee Elmore with DaVita for helping us submit our request.  Thanks again for your thoughtful assistance to us in our time of need.  Sincerely,   Thomas & Mollie M.

Being too weak to work has been rough

Just wanted to say thank you very much for helping to pay our Rocky Mountain Power and Questar utlity  bills.  Going from working 6 days a week for the past 25 years, to not being able to work at all has taken a toll on my and my wife.  I don’t remember much about my month in the hospital after my kidneys failed.  Now I have to be on dialysis 5 days a week and have been too weak to work.  It has been rough.  Thanks for trying to make it get a little easier.  — Jeff A.

Thank You for the Scholarship

Dear Mrs. Vetterli:  Thank you for the generous scholarship I was awarded Winter 2010 semester.  Earlier this year, in January, my transplanted kidney rejected and i had to go back on dialysis.  I waited for a kidney transplant but to no avail, nothing came.  I decided to start back to school this fall regardles of my dialysis status.  This semester is harder than I anticipated it would be with classes, work, and dialysis.  But I know it will be worth it when I can finally graduate this spring.  The scholarship from the National Kidney Foundation of utah & Idaho has greatly contributed to my endeavoers in my educational goals.  Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart.  S. Jackman, Uof U class of ’11

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I struggle to pay for meds

I am a kidney transplant patient.  When I had the transplant I was married, and not worried about paying for the drugs to keep my kidney from failing.  Now I am divorced, and on my own.  I had a brain aneurism within days after transplant.  I have also had several strokes.  I have been sewing in my home for a design firm to help support myself.  I struggle mentally and physically to do this.  I do not want to become a burden to the state.  I have worked hard to make I can support myself.  But I struggle to pay for my meds.  If it happens again, if I my new kidney fails– I won’t go back to dialysis or get another transplant.  It was hard the first time, but I am grateful for the time I have had and the ability to take care of myself with a little help from people like the Kidney Foundation.  God Bless you, thank you for your support.  Marie W.