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At age 28, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), a dominant genetic disease that causes cysts to grow on the kidneys, enlarging them to painful proportions, and leading to failure. There is no cure and the only treatments include dialysis or kidney transplantation.

Over the past last year and a half, my disease rapidly progressed for unknown reasons. I am now in end stage renal failure. Last year, I was told I had 5 to10 years before needing a transplant. In May 2016, the day after I was laid off of work, I received the difficult news that I would likely need a transplant in a year. After successfully completing the transplant evaluation process at Oschner Medical Center, I recently received my “congratulations” letter letting me know of my official placement on the donor waiting list. I was told it can take 3 to 5 years to receive a new kidney unless I have a living donor. While I remain on the waiting list, I am humbled as someone very near and very dear to my heart is trying to be my donor.

Updates (2)

May 15, 2017

Wow, wow, wow! I’ve been so busy with all manner of things trying to prepare for surgery on May 22nd that I haven’t checked in on my campaign since it went live. Thank you so much everyone!!! For the donations and all the well wishes. I feel so loved and supported! You are the best!

March 1, 2017

To learn more about PKD and kidney transplantation, please visit the below links:


April 21, 2017

You've got this kiddo❤️

Janine Dunn

April 21, 2017

Prayers for a speedy recovery!!


April 21, 2017

You are amazing, my sweetheart. We will get through this!

Joe McNair

April 15, 2017

You're in our thoughts and prayers and can't wait to hear the wonderful news on May 22nd that the surgery was a success and you're on the road to recovery. Lots of love.

Amy & Cooper McDonald