Eva Rohrdanz-Lyon is a 44-year-old woman who is very ill. A kidney transplant is her only hope for a better life, after months of struggling with kidney failure and dialysis. Eva, who is one of the kindest people you’d ever hope to meet, needs our help. She grew up in North Tonawanda and graduated from Cardinal O’Hara High School. Eva went to Buffalo State Collage where she studied history and political science. After spending 20 years as a medical biller, she suffered a spontaneous spleen rupture which led to kidney failure, and a necessary leave of absence from work. Eva eagerly looks forward to returning to work in the future. Together, Eva and her family are committed to seeing her through this transplant.
Transplants are lifesaving, but are financially draining. Even with insurance, Eva will have many uninsured transplant-related expenses such as: co-pays and deductibles, doctor visits, travel and temporary relocation to be close to the Cleveland Clinic and the costly immunosuppressant medications (approximately $5,000 to $6,000 a month) that she will need to take for the rest of her life.
April 7, 2016
So its been awhile. Lots has actually gone on since our amazing benefit we had last February…at the end of last July Eva was admitted into the ER with terrible stomach pains which ended up with a 4 day hospital visit and turned out she needed her appendix removed. She did have a very successful and quick recovery.(Thank the lord for that!) She has still been continuing to work full time which is very hard due to her being constantly fatigued.
Speed up to last week….Mom (Eva) was yet again having very bad stomach pains which resulted in a 3 day hospital stay and ended up being kidney stones (which passed) and some infections in her upper bladder and ureters and fluid in her upper GI tract. shes on anti biotics and is feeling 100x better!
We are still waiting for a match for her kidney. This has turned out to be such a painfully slow waiting process. But we are keeping positive thoughts and vibes and just keep praying that sometime soon we will be able to find a match!
Until our next update!!!!
February 23, 2015
Well we did it! The benefit on Saturday went without a hitch! We had tons of people, just about 200 baskets and gift cards, and everyone had a great time. We wanted to thank each and every single person who came, donated, and volunteered. All of you made the benefit a success with all of the support we received you. We will be working on some more fundraising ideas for later in the year.
We will also keep everyone posted on our search for a kidney. We are still waiting to hear if my step-dad Michael is a match. (FINGERS CROSSED!!)
Thank you again everyone for all the support. We appreciate it!!!!!!!!
September 6, 2015
Eva you are a very strong and wonderful woman! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. I hope that you will find the help you need soon and be able to return to doing all the things you love to do.
March 12, 2015
Hi Eva, heard about your medical troubles in a Christmas card from your Mom and Dad. I noticed that you hope to have the transplant done at the Cleveland Clinic. I live about 40 minutes away in Painesville, OH and if you need a place to stay for a while, please, please consider staying with Dave and me. Also, I had a kidney operation myself at the Clinic about 7 years ago (one of my ureters was obstructed), and the doctors there were great. I am praying for you and your family, hoping you can soon put all of this behind you and get on with life. You are so strong! Hang in there and keep the faith!
March 6, 2015
Eva--Saw your M&D's note to Mindy. You are in my prayers and I wish you strength to make it through all of this. I'm sorry for schooling you so many times on the basketball court behind the bathrooms (in between people dumping their holding tanks, of course). p.s. You look great!!!
February 22, 2015
Hi Eva and family! I am sorry I wasn't able to attend your benefit last night. I wanted so to see you and the girls. I pray that you will be through this all very soon and back to your oldself. I am sure the benefit was a great success. I miss you all!