Prayer breakfast in honor of local transplant patient

Oklahoma City, Okla., Jan. 13, 2015 – In 2013, LaVeris Henderson, of Norman, was diagnosed with renal failure, which developed because his kidneys were underdeveloped when he was born prematurely. He also suffers from hypertension and anemia as a result of renal failure. His kidney function has rapidly worsened, and doctors now say a kidney transplant is essential to his survival.

Both of his parents also suffer from hypertension, and his mother is a kidney transplant recipient.

The average kidney transplant costs nearly $250,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health coverage, which will cover the transplant itself, Henderson, 28, faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications, which are as critical to his survival as the transplant.

For fundraising expertise and guidance, Henderson and his family turned to the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) for assistance. NFT is a nonprofit organization that helps patients raise funds to pay for transplant-related expenses.

“I’m hopeful that LaVeris will receive his transplant soon,” said Kay Horne, NFT fundraising consultant. “I know he just wants to be well enough to spend more quality time with his wife and their three young children. At NFT, we’re dedicated to helping him raise the funds he needs to focus on his health and happiness, not his bills.”

Saturday, Jan. 24 from 9:30 to 11 a.m., volunteers are holding a prayer breakfast at Avery Chapel AME, 1425 N. Kelham Ave. in Oklahoma City.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door, and all proceeds will go to NFT in Henderson’s honor.

For more information, please contact Henderson’s wife, Alexis, at 405-370-9504 or

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

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 $65 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