Blogger rallies Memphis-area moms to help local woman awaiting transplant

Memphis, Tenn., Feb. 26, 2015 – Tammy Johnson, a Germantown, Tenn. wife and mother of two, has battled health challenges most of her life. In fact, many would argue that she’s seen more than her fair share.

Born in 1972 with a congenital heart defect, Johnson, 41, underwent one of Memphis’ first open heart surgeries performed on an infant at just 3 months old. For the next couple decades, her heart function was closely monitored, and she lived a normal life.

Then in her late 20s after undergoing an MRI for back pain, she was shocked to learn she was suffering from polycystic kidney disease (PKD).

Johnson and her husband, Roc, began doing research and learned that PKD is the most common genetic, life-threatening disease affecting more than 600,000 Americans and an estimated 12.5 million people worldwide - regardless of sex, age, race or ethnic origin. In fact, PKD affects more people than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, hemophilia, Down syndrome and sickle cell anemia — combined.

Over the years, Johnson has endured a partial hysterectomy and two more open heart surgeries. Now, her kidneys are failing due to the effects of PKD. Right now, she is in the CVICU, and this typically upbeat, spunky mom is becoming weak and exhausted. A kidney donor must be found soon.

That’s where Nashville nurse and blogger, Linda Scruggs of Unboxedmom.com, comes in. She’s a friend of the Johnsons, and she’s rallying moms through her blog to take #TimeForTammy. It’s time for Tammy to live a healthy life with her husband, raising her young children. It’s time for Tammy to spend more time outside playing and less time in doctors’ offices. It’s time for Tammy to receive a new lease on life.

Johnson is O+ and needs a kidney donor. To consider becoming a living donor, please email: donorfortammy@gmail.com. All inquiries are completely confidential.

To help offset the costs of her transplantation journey, Johnson is fundraising through the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT). To make a tax-deductible donation in honor of Johnson, please send a contribution to the NFT Tennessee Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write “in honor of Tammy Johnson” on the memo line. Secure donations also can be made online through Tammy's personal fundraising page.

About NFT
NFT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Memphis, Tenn. that has been helping transplant patients overcome financial obstacles since 1983. NFT provides fundraising expertise and advocacy to transplant patients by organizing fundraising campaigns in the patients’ own communities. NFT’s fundraising campaigns have generated nearly $70 million to assist patients. NFT assists more than 2,500 transplant candidates and recipients nationwide. For more information about NFT, please call 800-489-3863 or visit www.transplants.org.
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