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Many of you know my wonderful mother, Helen Helpenstill. She is also the mother of Albert, fun loving Granny of 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Helen lives in remote Bush Alaska near her family and friends. She enjoys taking walks, gardening, traveling and spending time with her friends and family.

What you may not know is that Helen suffers from end stage renal failure. Dialysis is not an option because of where she lives. The nearest city that offers dialysis is a 10 hour drive in the summer months through mountains, 180 of those miles on a gravel road. From October to April there is no road access, requiring a 11/2 hour expensive plane ride, weather permitting. Her doctors at Virginia Mason Medical Center have told us that she is in need of a life-saving kidney transplant. She has two potential living donors who are being tested now. This is a challenge that we can not meet alone and need help.

Updates (1)

January 19, 2011

Bake sale

In Feburary family & friends plan to hold a bake sale for fundraising for Helen.


January 28, 2011

Think of you everyday!Everything will be ok I just know it!

Debra and Albert Helpenstill

January 25, 2011



January 18, 2011

Hi Helen, Just learned about this site. Will be praying for you that all goes well.

Nellie Sykes, League City, TX