January 2015

Oklahoma City, Okla., Jan. 13, 2015 – In 2013, LaVeris Henderson, of Norman, was diagnosed with renal failure, which developed because his kidneys were underdeveloped when he was born prematurely. He also suffers from hypertension and anemia as a result of renal failure. His kidney function has rapidly worsened, and doctors now say a kidney transplant is essential to his survival.

Both of his parents also suffer from hypertension, and his mother is a kidney transplant recipient.

In 2013, Maria DiNicola, of Altamonte Springs, learned she was suffering from end-stage renal disease.

Doctors say a kidney transplant is necessary. While awaiting her transplant, she endures regular dialysis treatments, which take a toll on her quality of life.