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Hello! my name is Mary. I am a 64-year-old wife, mother of two and a self-employed therapist who provides individual, couples, and family counseling.

I am the “step-grandmother” of seven amazing grandchildren, from age 4-years-old to age 21-years-old! I was born and raised in Lancaster, PA as the oldest of five children, but relocated to Butte, MT with my husband, son, and daughter in 1999. I am a lover of dogs, nature, rivers, oceans, photography, art, new adventures, and sunshine!
I am hoping to be matched with a kidney donor from my family or through the National Kidney Registry. I will need help with expenses that go along with the transplant that are not covered by insurance. I am working with my transplant team at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, approximately 800 miles away from my home in Butte, MT.
Below is my story of how I came to need a kidney transplant and why I am asking for your help.

Updates (4)

August 1, 2022

We are still waiting to find out if my sister, Carol will receive final approval as a kidney donor. At my last appointment with my nephrologist, GFR (level of kidney function) dropped some from the time of my last appointment, 3 months ago, but he does not have any concerns about a need for me to go on dialysis, prior to receiving a transplant. The Kidney Transplant team at University of Utah is very thorough in screening potential donors, so they had requested some additional tests when Carol met with them last month. We are expecting to hear something by this Friday, so any good thoughts and prayers for approval to move on with the transplant would be greatly appreciated! I am continuing to work, but find myself getting tired much more frequently than usual. My nephrologist ordered an iron transfusion for me, so I am hoping that will raise my hemoglobin level and give me some more energy. In the meantime, I have been staying busy with training the newest addition to our family - Luna, a female Golden Retriever. She is beautiful, but very spunky! Luna and our Labrador Retriever, Maggie May have become close friends and really seem to enjoy each other. We have received uplifting cards and donations from so many people, including individuals we have not seen for years! Thank you to all of you for your ongoing support and encouragement! It means so much to Jeffrey and I!

May 30, 2022

My sister, Carol is scheduled to travel to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City for a day of testing on July 13th. Unless the Kidney Transplant team requests additional tests, she should learn soon after if she has officially been accepted as my kidney donor. If all goes well, we are hoping to schedule the kidney transplant for late September! We were so excited to find out that we qualified for funds from the National Living Donor Assistance Center, a national program to assist organ donors with travel expenses, since Carol will be flying to and from Salt Lake City twice and our other sister, Joanne, who will be Carol's designated caregiver for the transplant surgery will be accompanying her at the time of the transplant. They both live approximately 2000 miles away in PA and air travel can be expensive! Jeffrey and I continue to be extremely grateful for the emotional, spiritual, and financial support of friends and family. We are also thankful to NLDAC and the University of Utah Renal Program, for informing us of available resources! We are especially grateful for my sisters, who both volunteered as potential kidney recipients without a moment of hesitation. Love you both so much!!!!

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August 14, 2022

Wishing you all the best & outing all good well with a speedy recovery.

Doug Singleton

August 13, 2022

Mary and Carol,

Family love like yours is inspirational. How wonderful! Prayers for you both on this journey.

Fondly,

Joan Stumpf

Joan Stumpf

June 28, 2022

You got this Mary

Ida Reighard