A Mother-Daughter Donation: How Sharing a Kidney Saved Our Family

Gas Money was literally a “Life-Saver”

Dear Kidney Foundation,  I am so very grateful for your support.  The Gas card you provided to us was literally a “life-saver.”  My husband lost his job last month, and we could not afford the gas to get me to diaysis this week.  If you had not provided us with the gas money, I don’t know what we would have done.  Thank you. We appreicate you help and hope you keep getting support to help other kidney patients in need.  In moments like this, we are so grateful for those who donante.  Thank you again and again.  May God bless you for your work.  Sincerely, Alicia G.

We are forever beholden to the National Kidney Foundation of Utah

We received your letter dated January 22, 2011 letting us know that the Kidney Foundation of Utah had helped us with our water bill.  I don’t know who will read this letter, but I want everyone to know that the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idah was a Godsend. My husband is in kidney failure and cannot work because he’s got to go to dialysis 5 days a week.  He’s also diabetic and has high blood pressure–and all the terrible health problems that go along with those two horrible diseases.  I am so glad your foundation has people with feelings and who understand how hard it is to make ends meet when there is chronic illness at home. I had to quit my job as a CNA to care for my husband.  I cannot express adequately how much it means to know there are people at the Kidney Foundation I can turn to for emotional and also some financial support.  Thank you so much for your help, you have made our lives a little easier.  We are forever beholden to you.  Sincerely, Rocky & Candy T.

We struggled to make ends meet after kidney failure

I am writing this letter on behalf of me and my husband.  He was recently diagnosed with Acute Renal Kidney Failure.  He has been going to dialysis since August and has been out of work since then.  We have applied for disability but have been struggling to make ends meet.  We talked to his social worker and explained our hardship, and it was she who recommended we apply for help to the Kidney Foundation.  We were relieved to find out we could receive some assistance to help toward our house payment.  We would like to thank the Kidney Foundation of Utah for helping us in our time of need.  It was a time of great desperation and we cannot thank you enough.  Sincerely,  Christi & LeRoy C.

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.

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

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.   

1196 lb. Giant Pumkin Falls From the Sky, lands on Kidney Kar

Enormous Pumpkins, falling from the sky! It could happen….The award winning 1196 lb. pumpkin, grown by Matt McConkie of the
Utah Giant Pumpkin Grower’s association will by hoisting his prize pumpkin by crane above a 1996 Pontiac 6000 at the HeeHaw Farms in Pleasant Grove on Saturday, October 23rd, at 1:00 p.m.  The car getting smashed by pumpkins (hey! isn’t that the name of a rock band?) will be later donated to the Kidney Kars program.  So come, get smashed with us at HeeHaw Farms located West
of I-15 at the Pleasant Grove exit (275 for north bound I-15 traffic and 278 for south bound I-15 traffic).  Be there, or be
square. For more information vist about the event :

We’d like to thank the Utah Kidney Foundation one last time.

Dear Mrs. Vetterli:  I am writing this note on behalf of my husband Mike A. who passed away July 1, 2010.  He was a dialysis patient for the past 4 years.  Each time we were benefactors of the Kidney Foundation we would write a note acknowledging the members and donors who made those funds available.  This will be our last note of gratitude.  Before Mike died, he missed a dialysis treatment because we did not have the money for gas.  His social worker, Scott, gave him a $20.00 bill from his own pocket and asked Mike to promise he would never miss a dialysis treatment again.  Mike and I were lucky to receive a gas card from the Kidney Foundation which enabled us to keep that promise.  Mike’s social worker and the Kidney Foundation were important to us.  Scott spoke recently at Mike’ s funeral.  We were so fortunate to have advocates like Scott, and the Kidney Foundation looking out for us.  On behalf of all kidney patients who benefit from your patient services, we thank you one last and final time.  Sincerely,  Helen A.