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My name is Joe Lightner. I am 36 years old, married to Catina and father to my nine year old son, Ayden. My life took a dramatic turn in September 2012 when I was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Now I await a lifesaving kidney transplant.

On a day like any other, I was cutting the grass when it became difficult to breathe and my heart was racing. An hour later I found myself in the Emergency Room and was informed that my hemoglobin level was extremely low. I was placed on dialysis the very next day. I will never forget Catina and Ayden looking at me with tears in their eyes as the doctor gave us the news. I looked at them and said, “Don’t cry, God is in control and He will get ALL the Glory at the end of the day.”

Updates (7)

January 27, 2015

Wow!!!! What an AWESOME week, my Uncle Joe and I went into the hospital on Thursday the 22nd and had a very successful transplant. As a matter of fact we were both home by Sunday night. The family and friend support has been overwhelming. None of this would have been possible without the Grace of God and I thank everyone for their prayers, calls, and concern. Special thanks to my beautiful wife for never leaving my side while in the hospital. Thank all of you who have and will donate, medications alone are running over $300.00 a month so your donations will be going to a great cause.

January 20, 2015

Well, here we are after a week delay and an evaluation by a cardiologist I have been cleared for transplant on Thursday. I will be admitted tomorrow for a round of dialysis before surgery. Thanks for all that everyone has done.


January 23, 2015

Joe,.. My thoughts and prayers are with u and your family. Continued prayers. Stay strong...
Kristen Iams..

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January 23, 2015

Joey!!! I wish you nothing but the best, buddy!!!

Kevin Kulick

August 13, 2014

As neighbors from way back, we watched you grow up with your constant smiling, happy face and hand drawn "egghead" cartoons. We pray for your good health for MANY years to come and blessings to you and your family. Faith, Hope, Strength

Lenny & Jane Vereb