I am a client of Georgia Transplant Foundation’s (GTF) Transplant Fundraising Program. My name is Lynn Bryant. I am 58 years old and the father of 3 children and 4 grandchildren. We never know what life has in store for us. It could be everything or nothing at all and this rings true for me because on August 22, 2016 I found out that I was in kidney failure. That wasn’t the worst of my news as I was advised that I was in stage 3 as well as in need of a kidney. I knew at this point that dialysis would become an imperative part of my life until I received a kidney transplant
Through my involvement with GTF, I may be eligible to receive matched funds up to $10,000 for every dollar that I raise, which can be used for my post-transplant related costs.
Transplantation can be an overwhelming situation and patients are encouraged to plan ahead for some of the uncovered and unforeseeable costs. GTF thanks you for your support of my endeavor to assume self-responsibility for my medical needs through fundraising.
I have dialysis 3 times a week. There are many things that I worry about besides my family and my health. One of my main presentiments is finances. I must take immune-suppressants for the life of the functioning kidney graft. I have no other choice but to turn to my community and perfect strangers to help with the strain of this financial health crisis that I’m living. Any donations would help with doctor, hospital and prescription cost.
FACT: The cost of immunosuppressive medications typically ranges from $20,600 to $32,900 per year and even with insurance, medicine co-pays can be unaffordable. Fundraising is a matter of life and death for some transplant candidates, and a matter of quality of life for others.
I must keep walking because one day I will look back and see that I have climbed a mountain. When you are in a position to help with the solution to someone’s ailing health, it doesn’t feel like a gift you are giving, it feels like a gift—God has given you.
Having a transplant would dramatically improve my quality of life. My kidneys would be able to filter properly. No matter where we are in life, God has more in store. He never wants us to quit growing and living this life that HE gave us to the fullest. My plans are to live to get old. That includes being that vigorous father in my children lives. It will also give me the opportunity to see my grandchildren grow into adults. Let me not forget the gardening that I love so very much. These are just a few things that I love to do. I have so many limitations right now that I’m often left heavy-hearted but as you can see, this kidney means LIFE for me and my family.
Whenever you do not understand what’s happening in your life, just close your eyes, take a deep breath and say, “God I know this is your plans; just help me through it”.
To donate to my campaign, please click the Support button or mail checks to the: Georgia Transplant Foundation, 2201 Macy Drive, Roswell, GA 30076, and enter my name in the memo field of your check. For more information please contact the Transplant Fundraising Program at 1-866-428-9411 or 770-457-3796 or by visiting www.gatransplant.org. Thank you!