Former University of Memphis Basketball Player Needs Your Help

July 14, 2010

For four years, Willie Kemp gave his heart and soul on the basketball court for the University of Memphis. Tiger fans and the city of Memphis rallied around him, cheering him on night after night at the FedEx Forum. Now, Willie needs your help.

Willie's mother, Maxine Kemp, is battling polycystic kidney disease (PKD), and doctors have said a kidney transplant is critical to her survival.

A mom to three sons--Jermaine, Willie and Quintavius--she remains strong and determined to overcome this battle for them. She loves to spend time with her boys and was Willie's biggest fan when he played basketball at the University of Memphis. More than anything, she dreams of the day when she won't be in constant pain. Maxine is passionate about giving back to the community and helping others in need, but now she must rely on the kindness of others.

A kidney transplant costs approximately $250,000. And that's only the beginning. Even with health insurance, Maxine faces significant medical expenses related to her transplant. For the rest of her life, she will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. The cost of post-transplant medications can range from $2,000 to $5,000 per month--and they are as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.

In fact, before Maxine can even be added to the transplant waiting list, she needs to raise $2,000 for a hospital deposit.

Tiger fans, now is your time to help! Visit the NFT website to read more about Maxine and make a donation to NFT in her honor.