Dear Family and Friends:
As some of you may know, I have been living with juvenile diabetes since the age of 17, which has now led to a deteriorating kidney condition. I have been on dialysis three days a week for the last five years. This is keeping me alive. At this point, my doctors have told me that my only chance at a long and healthy life is a kidney transplant.
Through all of these hardships my faith has kept me focused on living life to the fullest. By the grace of God I have had three children and one stepdaughter and now have four beautiful grandchildren. I’d like to enjoy them for as long as possible. Currently, I am listed for transplant at three different hospitals hoping that it will lead to a transplant sooner.
Even with insurance, the extraordinary expense of transplantation is overwhelming. There are many things that must be paid out of pocket, including co-pays and deductibles, doctor visits, travel and relocation to the transplant center, and the costly anti-rejection medications I will have to take for the rest of my life. I have fought for my health throughout my entire life and now it has become a battle I cannot face alone.
To help with these uninsured costs, 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 South-Central Kidney Transplant Fund, and are administered by HelpHOPELive for transplant-related expenses only. Please consider making a donation.Thank you in advance for your generosity, support and prayers.
Cynthia Puentes Garcia
October 8, 2013
Soon you will have your new kidney. It may not be know, God will deliver when it's time. Love you.
Jessica and Charlie Cardenas- Austin Texas