Little Rock man receives transplant after less than a month on waiting list

Little Rock, Ark., Aug. 7, 2012 – When Quintion Little was just 9 years old, he was diagnosed with diabetes, which eventually led to high blood pressure and gastroparesis.

In 2008, after becoming so ill that he was hospitalized, he was diagnosed with kidney failure. Earlier this year, he completed evaluations to be placed on the transplant waiting list for a kidney/pancreas transplant, which was critical to his survival. Thankfully, after waiting less than a month on list, he received his transplant on May 12!

Little, 29, is the proud father of a beautiful 8-year-old daughter, and he dreams of getting married and also having a son one day. Since he was a little boy, he has loved to cook, and he’s excited to have the energy to cook for his family more often. While he is incredibly thankful to have received a lifesaving transplant, Quintion still needs your help.

The average kidney/pancreas transplant costs approximately $475,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health coverage, he faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very pricey, and they are as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.

Because there is no pancreas surgeon in his state, Quintion had to travel more than 130 miles from his home to a transplant center in Memphis, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food and lodging.
To help alleviate the financial burden, Little turned to the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) for assistance with some of these financial burdens. NFT is a nonprofit organization that helps patients raise funds to pay for transplant-related expenses.

“Of course I’m thrilled that Quintion received his lifesaving transplant,” said Laura Hughes, NFT fundraising consultant. “However, most people don’t realize the lifelong costs related to transplantation. At NFT, we’re dedicated to helping Quintion raise the necessary funds to stay healthy and be there for his daughter for many more years.”

Community members are encouraged to attend a car wash on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Advance Auto Parts, 5500 West 12th St. Cars will be washed for $5, and trucks and SUVs for $7. Bottled water and sodas will also be available for purchase.

For more information, please contact Little at 501-442-8820 or qllittle3@gmail.com.

To make a tax-deductible donation in honor of Little, please send a contribution to the NFT Arkansas Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write “in honor of Quintion Little” on the memo line. Secure donations also can be made online at www.transplants.org. Donors should select “Find an NFT Patient” to locate Little.

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 to transplant patients by organizing fundraising campaigns in the patients’ own communities. NFT’s fundraising campaigns have generated nearly $60 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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