By writer to www.kxnet.com
Debra Starr-Knecht’s dad and mom are nonetheless alive at 88 and 92.
Her grandmother lived to be 96.
Longevity needs to be on her facet. However her kidneys aren’t.
Debra is 66, and he or she is in Stage 5 kidney failure.
Any hope the southern California mother has for residing one other 20 years or so is determined by her getting a kidney transplant.
The present anticipate a deceased donor kidney might be 4 to 6 years.
And time isn’t on Debra’s facet at this level.
“Please assist me discover a kidney donor — I need to be a extremely previous girl,” the message on her web site plainly states at www.kidney4debra.com.
Her website tells of a girl who created a loving house, raised a household, watched her children develop up.
Now she needs to look at her grandkids develop up, too.
Along with social media efforts, Debra and her husband, Wayne, are attempting an unconventional effort to get consideration and, hopefully, assist.
On the middle of a strolling path alongside a protracted bridge that straddles a California freeway, Debra and Wayne slowly wave crimson flags to attract consideration to a big banner between them.
“Kidney donor urgently wanted,’ the signal reads, adopted by Debra’s web site.
It’s a longshot, however you by no means know when the precise particular person may come alongside on the proper second and see the signal.
Or the web site.
“I can’t think about something higher than residing 20 extra years. And watching my youngsters and my household mature and develop and thrive,” Debra mentioned just lately in an interview.
Debra labored 30 years within the healthcare business and has a familiarity with issues like kidney failure, dialysis and the 1000’s of individuals nationwide ready for kidney transplants.
“Ought to I obtain a transplant, I want to use my healthcare information and renewed vitality to help different sufferers residing with and overcoming kidney illness,” she writes on her web site. “Not like most cancers, there may be little group help for people in going through the silent however sure outcomes of poorer kidney operate.”
And so she and her husband go most weekdays to the spot on the bridge over the California freeway, wave their crimson flags and hope somebody sees the signal and can assist.
“A kidney donation could be a priceless legacy of an extended life.,” Debra notes. “I might care for it because the sacred reward it could be – a treasured alternative to develop into an previous girl.”
For extra data on Debra Starr-Knecht and her seek for a donor kidney, go to www.kidney4debra.com.
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