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Ten years ago…

Dear Friends,

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September 24, 2021

Advocate video: The VOICE

Oak Cliff artist gets best friend’s kidney, fundraiser planned

By Rachel Stone | February 16th, 2011 | Art, News, Videos

Monaliza Morris and Jenny Vann became friends in middle school in Hawaii, where both their dads were stationed in the Air Force.

“We were inseparable,” says Morris. “We had classes together. Almost everyday after school, we’d go for long walks around the neighborhood. We planned movie nights at her house, inviting a mix of foreign and American students. We made outfits and did our hair up.”

Typical kid stuff. But their friendship never dwindled. They both moved to Texas eventually, and Morris considers herself part of Vann’s family — she spends Christmas every year with Vann and her family.

Morris, a commercial artist who lives in Oak Cliff, was laid off in 2009. About the same time, her mom and young niece came to live with her. And she found out that lupus — which had been diagnosed on a visit to Vann’s house in Victoria when she was in her late teens — had caused terrible damage to her kidneys. She had to have a new kidney, or she would be put on dialysis for the rest of her life.

When Vann found out, she was the first of Morris’s friends to get tested, and she was a match.

“We joke that we’re kidney sisters,” Morris says.

The transplant operation is scheduled for the first week of March. And they are hosting a fundraiser to help with medical expenses from 5-8:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Agora Entertainment in Irving. The Art of Friendship fundraiser will include a silent art auction and live music.

To attend the event, RSVP to Mohammad Rafiq Salleh. To make a donation toward Morris’ medical expenses, go to Under “DONATE”, click "Support A Client Campaign", type “Mona Lisa Morris", and click “GIVE”.

September 23, 2021

It’s been ten years since my kidney transplant. I'm celebrating my 47th birthday. If you’d like to get me a gift, please consider donating to this campaign. During the pandemic, I've been ill and also dislocated my right shoulder. My insurance covers general care but the specialists are out-of-pocket as well as hospital stays + ambulances. Any amount is welcomed or a hand made gift. I'm grateful you're in my life. I love you, with all my heart and three kidneys.

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October 9, 2021

Happy birthday, Mona Lisa!
Love, Jessica, Tyler, Lou, and Rio

Jessica and Tyler Andrews

October 5, 2021

Happy birthday Mona! The world is a more colorful and creative place with you. So glad to know you.

Nikki Dukowitz

October 2, 2021

Happy birthday Beautiful! Hope it is your best yet! We love you. Kathy & Sayres

Kathy and Sayres Dudley