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Memphis Mother Awaiting Kidney Transplant

Memphis, Tenn., Sept. 24, 2013 – In 1998, Wakeya Luckey, of Memphis, lost her first child due to high blood pressure and other pregnancy complications. Although she was blessed with a son the following year, she continued to battle health problems, which have worsened over the years.

Luckey, 34, now suffers from high blood pressure, end-stage renal disease and congestive heart failure. She has undergone multiple surgeries, experienced numerous seizures, and she suffered a blood clot in her brain in 2007.

Doctors now say a kidney transplant is essential to her survival.

The average kidney transplant costs approximately $250,000. Even with health insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs, she still faces significant medical expenses related to the surgery. She will need a lifetime of follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. These medications are very costly, and they’re as important to her survival as the transplant itself.

To overcome these financial challenges, Luckey and her family turned to the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) for assistance. NFT is a nonprofit organization that helps transplant patients raise funds to pay for medical expenses.

“My heart goes out to Wakeya,” said Claire Prince, NFT fundraising consultant. “I know she wants nothing more than to be there for her son for many more years. At NFT, we’re dedicated to helping her raise the funds she needs to focus on her health and her family, not her medical expenses.”

Saturday, Oct. 5, beginning at 8 a.m., volunteers are holding a car wash in the parking lot of AutoZone, 3343 Winchester Rd. in Memphis.

Car washes will be $5, or $10 for both an interior and exterior cleaning.

For more information, please contact Luckey at 901-335-5979  or wakeyaluckey@yahoo.com or Demetria Aldridge at 901-859-1135    dlluckey81@yahoo.com.          

To make a donation in Luckey’s honor, please visit www.transplants.org and select Find an NFT Patient. If you prefer to mail your contribution, please send your gift to the NFT Tennessee Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Be sure to write “in honor of Wakeya Luckey” in the subject line.

About NFT

NFT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Memphis, Tenn. that has been helping transplant patients overcome financial obstacles since 1983. NFT provides fundraising expertise and advocacy to transplant patients by organizing fundraising campaigns in the patients’ own communities. In the past 30 years, NFT’s fundraising campaigns have generated nearly $65 million to assist patients. NFT annually assists more than 2,500 transplant candidates and recipients nationwide. For more information about NFT, please call 800-489-3863 or visit www.transplants.org.




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