Sarah Failla is need of a kidney transplant. As a young mom of 3 boys, she is asking for your help.
In 2009, Sarah was diagnosed with Kidney Disease, something that has run in her family for generations, yet still caught her off guard to be facing at age 34. For the last 5 years she has been in stage 4 Kidney Disease, but as of the last 3 blood tests her kidney function has lowered and she is in end-stage renal (kidney) failure. In December she was evaluated at UCLA Medical Center and doctors now say a transplant is critical for Sarah.
May 2, 2021
Hey friends! It’s been a while since I’ve updated here. Life through the pandemic with 3 boys keeps my days full. We are moving forward with scheduling for my transplant this fall. I’ll keep you posted when I know the date.
Update from March 26, 2021:
Transplant update: whirlwind day.
Last night around 10pm I was notified that I had what they call a ‘zero miss match’ kidney match. It would be harvested today and if all went well I could have the transplant tonight or tomorrow.
Basically be ready to head to UCLA by 8am if it’s a go.
This was quite out of no where as I have a donor and we’ve been monitoring my labs to know when to go for it.
Basically a ‘zero miss match’ is the closest match you will get. It’s as if I had a twin giving a kidney.
Chris was finishing up work he was doing with Lifewater and still in Arkansas. We had several contingency plans to get him to me (right to LA- etc).
So I packed everything to head to LA for 4 weeks, had friends ready to juggle kids, parents an in-laws ready to book flights.
Wait. But be ready to go. Wait.
In all of it I just said I was going forward and God shut the door if it’s not ideal.
So at 3 the team called to let me know they were going to ‘pass’ on the kidney. And it let it go. There was something found in this persons lung that by the time it could be tested and cleared it wouldn’t be ideal for the kidney and not safe for me without knowing. Also- there was another potential concern due to behaviors this person engaged in. (I know nothing of age, location, activity, etc. )
And that was my day. Many emotions. Many tears. Much love. Much support.
This was a ‘fire drill’ as one friend said.
The gift in today (there were many) was that it shifted me from ‘I’m fine’ place to the reality that this does need to happen sooner than later.
You all know I’m tough- so it I’m not sure without this ‘drill’ how long I would just keep waiting.
I’ll keep you posted.
March 13, 2019
Today I completed my stress test and everything looked great. Once this information is sent to my transplant coordinator at UCLA we will be able to move forward in finding my donor!
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December 6, 2020
In memory of a friend, and in support of his family, we hope and pray that our donation will help you obtain the medical treatment you need.
December 6, 2020
Memorial donation in honor of Jack Briggs.
Bob & Barbara Pelascini
December 5, 2020
Jack Briggs was a special friend and we hope you can get your health back. We will keep you in our prayers.
Kathy and Joe Murdaca
December 3, 2020
With love to the Riddiough family, in honor of Jack, and to the Failla family. You all are such a positive and unifying part of the community. Thank you!