Imagine the hope and excitement of graduating from high school and looking forward to the next chapter of your life as you head for college to pursue career of your dreams.
Imagine the devastation as you learn you have a serious disorder that will put those dreams on hold and in fact threatens your very life.
This is Kelsey Crider’s reality. A bright, articulate young woman, Kelsey Crider’s future looked promising as she was headed for Ft. Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Two weeks after her high school graduation, Kelsey had routine blood work done. Initial tests came back indicating she was anemic and her hematocrit was low. Further tests revealed that Kelsey had Medullary Cystic Kidney Disease, a hereditary disorder in which cysts develop deep within both kidneys. With no prior symptons her kidneys gradually lost their ability to function. At this point, Kelsey’s kidney was only functioning at 12% and she was suffering from kidney failure and needed an immediate kidney transplant.
Fortunately, Kelsey’s father was a match and the transplant went without a hitch. Unfortunately, even after a dramatic battle and a lengthy hospital stay, Kelsey’s body rejected her new kidney and is now on dialysis 3 days a week at four hours each session. Throughout her ordeal Kelsey has persevered with positive attitude and a smile on her face.
Her dream of attending college to become a photographer has been put on hold as Kelsey focuses on recovering from her surgeries and massive doses of anti-rejection medication. Her doctor has advised that her body needs to rest and heal before they attempt another surgery. In the meantime, we want to find her another donor.
Whether you consider becoming a living kidney donor or can pass this story on to your contacts, let’s do what we can help this family and give this young lady a chance to reach her dreams.
To learn more, please contact Steve Crider at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303.530.2929.