Charolenn Needs a
Living Kidney Donor

“It’s difficult to ask someone to donate their other kidney to me, it’s incredibly hard.  I don’t normally ask for anything or ask for favors.  I’m appreciative for anyone who is even considers being my lifesaving donor.”

Charolenn’s Story

Charolenn’s kidney journey began in 2013, when she endured five years of dialysis before receiving her first transplant in 2018. Within three months, she was diagnosed with diabetes due to steroid use. The initial year post-transplant brought multiple hospital visits, battling infections, low iron, and undergoing biopsies. A devastating turn occurred with acute rejection, overshadowing the joy of her new kidney. Approaching the second-year anniversary, she lost the kidney, and entered a week-long coma before returning to dialysis treatment.

We Need to Find a Living Donor

A year and a half later, facing an infection and low hemoglobin, Charolenn discovered her kidney had necrotized, necessitating a Nephrectomy to prevent sepsis. Post-surgery, she awaited transplant reevaluation, only to learn her antibodies were at 100%, reducing her chances of finding a match. Recognizing the challenges in her kidney history, Charolenn now understands that a living donor represents her best hope for a match and a lifesaving transplant.

Donor Eligibility Requirements

Charolenn is extremely lucky to have secured highly qualified medical help and support from the team at the University of Utah Health (UUH). She wants any interested persons to know that they will be in exceptional hands should they decide to step forward. UUH has shared the following as a pre-qualification list for donation:

Must be between the age of 18-69 years old.

Must be healthy and free of major health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, obesity (BMI of 37 or less).

Must be mentally and emotionally healthy.

You Can Help Save Charolenn's Life!

Interested In Donating?

Complete the short contact form and a GiftWorks' Living Donor Navigator will respond within 1 day to guide you through the next steps in the process.

Have Questions About Donating?

Having questions is normal! Complete the short contact form to set up a time to speak with a GiftWorks' Living Donor Navigator; a guide who knows what it's like to donate a kidney because they've donated in the past.

Want To Help In Other Ways?

You can help by sharing Charolenn's page today! Also, be sure to share Charolenn's posts on social media each week to spread awareness of her story. Sharing posts is one of the best ways to help Charolenn find her lifesaving donor.

Process for Stepping Forward for Charolenn

COMPLETE FOrm
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Fill out the short contact form and a GiftWorks’ Living Donor Navigator will reach out to you within 1 business day to set up a time to connect.

Discussion
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During your time with a GiftWorks’ Living Donor Navigator, you will get to ask questions and receive answers from a living kidney donor. They will tell you more about the process, address non-medical concerns, and connect you to valuable resources.

Complete Breeze
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Breeze is a health questionnaire that will be reviewed by the hospital’s medical team to determine your eligibility for living donation as well as the next steps.

Share To Help

Charolenn S
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Learning that I had been placed on the transplant waitlist filled me with incredible joy. Receiving a new kidney would help me in so many ways, including having the energy to spend quality time with my loved ones. Being on the waitlist for a deceased donor kidney doesn’t guarantee a quick transplant. Many patients, myself included, often wait five years or more. This extended wait is challenging for anyone coping with kidney disease, as many things can change during this time. That’s why I am proactively sharing my story. I’m seeking a living kidney donor who might be inspired by my journey and choose to save my life. Such a person would give me the most incredible gift imaginable. You can assist me today by SHARING this post and my website (please): https://giftworksuuh.com/charolenns/

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Let’s rally together and spread the word! Charolenn reached out to me weeks ago with an urgent plea: to help find a living kidney donor. It breaks my heart that I can’t be that donor, but I refuse to stand idly by. I’ve made it my mission to share Charolenn’s story far and wide. I firmly believe that with your help, we can find the perfect match to save her life. Please, join me in this mission by sharing this post. Together, let’s make a difference in Charolenn’s life and the lives of her loved ones.

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We #believe that a generous living kidney donor is somewhere out there, waiting to make an incredible difference in Charoleen’s life. Every share brings us one step closer to finding this hero. Join us in spreading the word and help Charoleen find her living kidney donor. Together, we can make a life-changing impact. Will it be you who shares this message and helps us reach that special someone?

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Questions & Answers

Unfortunately, most of the family cannot donate for health reasons. In some cases, the best living donor is one who is not a family member, even when family members do step forward to donate.

While the recipient's insurance will provide coverage for the donor, the donor needs to have their own health insurance in the rare event an unknown health issues comes up for the donor.

While the recipient's insurance covers all costs related to the donation (for Charolenn and her donor), there are expenses like travel, meals, and lost wages that can be incurred.  However, we want you to know there are resources available to ensure you do not have to pay for anything out of pocket. The GiftWorks' team can provide more information about those resources if you choose to step forward as a living donor.

Living kidney donors are often able to return to work within 2 weeks, and fully heal within 6-8 weeks. After surgery, the donor’s remaining kidney will also grow in size and function, allowing them to live normal life with just one kidney.

The following are pre-qualification requirements for living donation: must be between the age of 18-69 years old, must be healthy and free of major health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity (BMI of 37 or less), and must be mentally and emotionally healthy.

The ideal outcome is for Charolenn is to find a living donor. She has already battled so much with her kidney disease that being on the kidney transplant waiting list for 3-5 years is simply not ideal. Long-term dialysis is also not ideal as it can lead to a variety of complications such as low blood pressure, injection site infection, and blood clots.

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