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Athena Darby is in desperate need of a lifesaving kidney transplant, and needs the help of her community to make this surgery happen. Athena was diagnosed at an early age with polycystic kidney disease; an inherited medical condition in which clusters of cysts develop primarily within the kidneys. These cysts can cause serious complications, such as high blood pressure, fluid retention, severe fatigue, and in many cases kidney failure. About six years ago, Athena’s condition began to spiral out of control and as a result she began dialysis treatment. Her kidneys are no longer able to function on their own, and she attends lengthy and exhausting dialysis treatments, three times per week, leaving her exhausted and weak. Athena’s physicians have now informed her that without a new kidney, she will soon run out of options and her time will quickly run out.

As a result of her poor health, Athena is unable to enjoy life and do the things she loves to do. She has three loving and supportive grown daughters, who are committed to seeing Athena through her transplant. More than ever, Athena wants to return to her “old self” and be able to spend time with her two grandchildren. Visits with them are temporarily on hold until Athena is healthy and strong enough to make the round trip for a visit. Athena’s only chance of returning to good health and a normal life is a lifesaving kidney transplant.

Updates (4)

December 3, 2016

Thank you to all who helped an participated in the Silent auction. It was a beautiful night.

Athena is doing well. She is now going to MUSC only every other week now, and having blood work done at home. She is gaining strength, and excited about the Christmas Holidays.

November 10, 2016

Athena is making progress. she has had pain in her back, but seems to have gotten that under control at this point.
Her fundraiser silent auction is tomorrow night. Hoping for a very productive night.

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November 14, 2016

Wonderful news. I hope you continue to make progress. Thoughts and prayers are with you on your journey to recovery.

Joanne Metcalf

November 10, 2016

Great news! I hope/pray that you will have a quick recovery. Unfortunately I can't make it to the Silent Auction, but am happy to help through this worthwhile organization.

Laura A.

October 26, 2016

. Wonderful News ..

Lonnie ..

October 21, 2016

praying you will be comforted by many friends & family knowing you are being lifted up in prayer