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Dear Family & Friends:
As most of you may know, in March 2012 I was diagnosed with end stage renal failure and immediately started on dialysis treatments. I am currently going to dialysis three times a week for three hours a day. This is the only thing keeping me alive. Even though I am doing fairly well on this treatment, it prevents me from being able to work, enjoying recreational activities with my children, and traveling without complications. It consumes the majority of my life.
I have been undergoing a medical evaluation at Tampa General, where my doctors told me that my only real shot at a long, healthy, and productive life is to receive a kidney transplant as soon as possible. I have an angel willing to be my living donor—a blessing for which I am extremely grateful.
Unfortunately, there are several medical expenses that are not covered by insurance for both me and my donor. Even with insurance, there will be many out-of-pocket costs, including travel to and from the transplant center for me and my donor, doctor visits, copays, and the costly anti-rejection medications I will have to take for the rest of my life. All of this presents an challenge I cannot meet without your assistance.
To help with this financial burden, a fundraising campaign in my honor has been established with HelpHOPELive, a nonprofit organization that has been assisting the transplant community for 30 years. All donations are tax-deductible, are held by HelpHOPELive in the Southeast Kidney Transplant Fund, and are administered by HelpHOPELive for transplant-related expenses only. Please consider making a contribution.With each and every donation I am truly grateful and appreciative.
Niefiesta Leigh-Turner
(518)-229-5269 / [email protected]

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January 25, 2014

My day starts off with stress…smh. At 7:45 this morning I get a call from St. Joseph’s hospital telling me my clinic has called in a prescription to have a fistulagram done… another surgery!! I am pray that all goes well and I make a quick recovery because the last one was brutal.

November 26, 2013

Yesterday’s treatment was so exhausting that I was in bed all day, evening, and most of this morning. For the entire three hours the location of my needle bled having to be changed every maybe 20-30 minutes. I wasn’t able to relax or to sleep while on the machine because I was too busy worrying about the bleeding. After all that I felt HORRIBLE, my stomach and head hurt so much nothing we helping the pain.

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January 27, 2014

A $200.00 donation has been made from the co-workers of Bilal Turner at Greenwood Contracting, Inc.

Scott, Charlie,Steve, Joe, Bilal

December 14, 2013

Niefiesta, as you know you have many people here in Albany who support you, love you and are routing for you to get well. In your honor, on behalf of myself, The Book Club, Her Temple Monologues and your family & friends, we have donated a total of $1,052 not including checks that have been mailed. We love you and continue to pray for you and the girls and will continue to make our donations.

Your sistafriend, Tamicka J. Dent

October 8, 2013

Wishing you all the best in your fundraising efforts!!

Kristi Miller, Social Worker/Tampa