October Patient of the Month: Sue Spinosi

October 12, 2009

In 2006, Sue was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease due to diabetes, although her doctor suspects she may have gone undiagnosed for more than 12 years. Doctors say a kidney transplant is her only hope for a second chance at life. She is undergoing evaluations at Allegheny General Hospital and will soon be added to the transplant waiting list. Several family members are being tested to see if any are donor matches.

Despite her health problems, Sue is optimistic about the future. She looks forward to receiving her lifesaving transplant so she can spend more time with her family and have more energy to play with her young grandchildren. But she needs your help.

Sue’s family has been incredibly supportive during this difficult time. In fact, her father will be running in two marathons within three weeks in her honor! Sue’s father, Jim, has been an avid runner and triathlete since 1990. Jim didn’t let a heart attack or coronary artery bypass surgery stop him from running, and now he wants to help his daughter overcome her own health battle! As the co-chair of a fundraising committee, “Running 2 For Sue,” Jim hopes to raise awareness and funds for Sue with his upcoming races.

To read more about Sue or to make a donation to NFT in her honor, please visit her Web bio on the NFT Web site.