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In 2011, Melissa Thomas, a 43 year-old wife and mother of four, was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). PKD is an inherited disorder in which clusters of cysts develop primarily within the kidneys. As a result, the kidneys cannot function and eventually fail. PKD can also cause cysts to grow in other organs including the liver and pancreas, as well as heart problems, brain aneurysms and high blood pressure. In July of 2014, Melissa was diagnosed with end-stage-renal-disease as a result of her PKD, and she was referred for a kidney transplant. This lifesaving surgery is Melissa’s only hope for survival, and to resume a normal, healthy and active life as a loving mother and wife.

Melissa grew up in Enid, Oklahoma and continues to make it her home. She works hard for a local nonprofit advocating for abused children and doing invaluable work for families within her community. She has been at her job for over ten years, and continues to go to work each and every day, despite her illness. Melissa spends her free time with her four children and husband, who are committed to supporting her through her upcoming kidney transplant.

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July 2, 2017

Had my transplant on May 29, 2017, Memorial Day! I was fortunate enough to get my transplant pre-dialysis. I'm happy to report the new kidney is working wonderfully! I love my second chance!!

February 4, 2017

AV fistula is mature and ready for use when the time comes. The goal is still to get transplanted before needing dialysis. My GFR is fluctuating between 14 and 12. I'm seeing my nephrologist every month. Hoping and praying that this will be the year for me. Thanks for all your support.

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August 4, 2015

YOU can, and are, doing this. Keep plugging away.


March 3, 2015

Mom you are a wonderful woman and a great example for not only me, but everyone you meet. Let's hope 2015 is a year of generosity from others and contains the gift of a transplant for you. I love you mom.

Harmony Claus