March Patient of the Month: Ed Cheeseboro

March 8, 2010

In 1996, Ed learned his kidneys were not properly filtering blood, and he was diagnosed with the early stages of chronic kidney disease. Last year, tests revealed his kidneys were failing and only functioning at 4 percent. Since last year's diagnosis, he has been enduring regular dialysis treatments. Doctors have told Ed a kidney transplant is critical to his survival.

Thankfully, his wife, Lois, will donate one of her kidneys to save her husband's life. Ed and Lois met in Germany in 1985 when they were both serving in the U.S. Army. Together they are raising their four children and spending as much quality time with them as they can.

Despite his struggles, Ed relies on his strong faith and the unwavering support of his family to keep a positive attitude. He looks forward to the lifesaving transplant that will allow him to resume the activities he once loved, such as riding bikes, taking walks and helping other parents maintain the course at the ski club where his children train in ski jumping.

A kidney transplant costs approximately $250,000. And that's only the beginning. Ed faces significant medical expenses related to his transplant. For the rest of his life, he 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 his survival as the transplant itself.

To make a donation to NFT in honor of Ed, visit his Web bio on the NFT Web site.