Patient of the Month
In 2014, Jessica Greunke was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, an extremely rare form of cancer. After undergoing treatment, she went into remission, but the cancer was back just 10 months later. This time, it is in her lungs and considered terminal. Doctors say a stem cell transplant is her only hope to live more than two years, and it may even cure her completely. Thankfully, her brother is a perfect donor match to donate his stem cells to save his sister’s life.
As a baby, Maira was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF), a devastating disease that has taken its toll on her lung over the years. In 2014, one of her lungs collapsed, and her family moved to Texas from Pakistan so she could receive the treatment and care she needs. Little Maira has spent most of her life in the hospital, and now doctors say a double-lung transplant is critical to her survival.
In 2008, Laura Martin was diagnosed with Goodpasture’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that damaged her kidneys.
In 2005, Thomas Prince was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, which caused severe inflammation in his lungs. Doctors now say a lung transplant is critical to his survival.
In 2008, Jamii was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease, and her kidneys were further damaged during prep for medical testing.
Doctors now say a kidney transplant is necessary. While awaiting her transplant, she endures regular dialysis treatments, which can leave her exhausted.
In 2009, Tavares Cherry became ill and was eventually diagnosed with end-stage renal disease. Doctors say a kidney transplant is necessary.
In 2008, a CT scan showed scarring on Patrick's lungs, and he was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. His condition was stable for a while, but things eventually took a turn for the worse. Doctors said a lung transplant was critical to his survival, and he was added to the active transplant waiting list in June of 2012. Thankfully, he received his lifesaving transplant on November 14, 2012.
Tayler Loudon is suffering from autoimmune hepatitis, and doctors say a liver transplant is critical.
This has been a difficult time for Tayler, as she rarely feels well these days. When she does have energy, she enjoys crafting, playing instruments and spending time with her family and friends. She looks forward to the transplant that will allow her to lead a normal life like other 20-year-olds, but right now she needs your help
In the mid 90’s, Jim Woerner was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and the subsequent radiation and chemotherapy damaged his heart. Despite enduring several heart surgeries, procedures and medications, Jim is now suffering from severe heart failure. Doctors say a heart transplant is essential to his survival. A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) was recently implanted to act as a mechanical heart while he awaits his transplant.
In 2000, Kristen Jackson was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, a disease that caused inflammation in her lungs. Doctors say a double-lung transplant is critical, and she was recently added to the transplant waiting list.
For as long as he can remember, Robert Jackson has suffered from breathing problems, and he was recently diagnosed with sarcoidosis, a disease causing inflammation in his lungs. Doctors say a double-lung transplant is critical to his survival.
In 1997, Dawn Gann was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, which has significantly damaged her lung capacity. Doctors say a double-lung transplant is essential to her survival.
After receiving a diagnosis of primary sclerosing cholangitis, a disease causing inflammation in his bile ducts and liver, Shane Jackson learned it was advanced enough to cause end-stage liver failure.
While ministering at a youth conference, Catrina began to experience swelling in her feet, which remained even after she went home.
Maria was born with tetralogy of fallot, a heart defect that required open heart surgery at just six days old.
After she recovered from surgery, Maria was able to go home with her parents and lead a relatively normal life while they waited for her to be big enough for the second open heart surgery, which took place when she was 6 months old. Sadly, this was a very difficult and long procedure, after which they didn’t know if she would survive.
Ramon suffers from renal failure, and doctors say a kidney transplant is necessary. While awaiting his transplant, he endures regular dialysis treatments, which take a toll on his quality of life. Ramon’s pride and joy is his wonderful, large family. He has nine children and seven grandchildren, and he loves spending as much time as possible with them all.
In the mid-2000s, Ron was diagnosed with a non-alcoholic, life-threatening liver disease.
Sadly, he understands the effects of liver disease all too well, as two of his uncles lost their health battles to cirrhosis of the liver. Doctors say a liver transplant is critical.
In 2013, Heather Carlock underwent surgery to have her large intestine removed, and after the surgery, she experienced multiple small bowel obstructions.
In 2009, Arbedale was hospitalized and nearly lost her life, as her kidneys were functioning at just 7%.
She has since been diagnosed with a blood disorder that has damaged her kidneys, and doctors now say a kidney transplant is essential. While awaiting her transplant, she endures regular dialysis treatments, which take a toll on her survival.
When he was just 10 years old, Chris Johnson received the shocking diagnosis of nephrotic syndrome after his mom took him to the pediatrician because of a swollen leg.
At birth, Carter was diagnosed with branchio-oto-renal syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that has caused hearing loss and an underdeveloped kidney that only functions at 20%. Doctors say a kidney transplant is necessary.
In January of 2014, Niki was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with sudden cardiac artery dissection after going into cardiac arrest.
This came as quite a shock, as she had never experienced any heart issues, nor is it hereditary. Doctors say a heart transplant is essential to her survival.
In 1999, David visited his doctor because he thought he had the flu.
He was shocked to learn he was actually suffering from end-stage renal failure, which would eventually require a kidney transplant. The following year, David began regular dialysis treatments, which he endured for nine long years, along with countless doctors’ visits and procedures. Then, in 2006, he received the call that a donor kidney was available, and he rushed to the hospital!
During a routine check-up, Paul Pokorny learned his white blood cell count was low.
In 2010, Monique was diagnosed with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which has caused irreversible damage to her lungs.
Doctors say a lung transplant is essential to her survival. Sadly, she understands the effects of lung disease all too well, as her mother lost her health battle with lung cancer in the late 90s.
In 2009, Vance was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) after having trouble sleeping and experiencing labored breathing.
Doctors said a double-lung transplant was essential to his survival. Thankfully, he received his lifesaving transplant on August 7, 2014!
We're so excited to report that Christina received her transplant on July 20, 2014!
At age 16, she was diagnosed with Wilson’s disease, an autosomal recessive genetic disorder that has severely damaged her liver. Doctors said a liver transplant was essential to her survival.
In 2008, at the age of 36, Roger was rushed to the hospital, and he later awoke in the critical care unit, connected to a machine with his mother Linda praying at his side.
She explained he was suffering from end-stage renal disease due to hypertension. His kidneys had failed. Doctors say a kidney transplant is necessary.
Aleah has been ill since birth, and she was diagnosed with a life-threatening liver disease in 2012 at age 4. Now, doctors say a liver transplant is essential to her survival.
Joy Love Williams is fighting for her life.