Aurora woman seeks tranplant help
Aurora resident Laurie Boyce is fighting for her life.
She was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease in 2018 and has been on dialysis since. The treatments leave her tired and takes a toll on her quality of life. Doctors say a kidney transplant is critical to her survival. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has put Boyce's transplant on hold for the time being, and has added extra stress to an already difficult time.
The average kidney transplant costs more than $440,000, and that's only the beginning. Even with insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs, Boyce still faces significant expenses related to the surgery.
For the rest of her life, she will need follow-up care and anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they're as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.
But financial help may be on the way.
From June 15-25, there will be an online auction at https://www.32auctions.com/lboyceauction in honor of Boyce. The online auction will contain a variety of great items, including quilts of various sizes, vintage games, a set of autographed books by Kenneth Pratt, jewelry, Everlast boxing gloves, a Michael Kors handbag, and other items.
The auction will close at 10 p.m. (PT) Thursday, June 25, and at that time, winning bidder notifications will be sent to the highest online bidders. Once payment has been received, items will be sent to winning bidders. Proceeds will go to the National Foundation for Transplants to assist Boyce with transplant-related expenses.
Boyce first realized something was wrong when she began to struggle with daily water retention. After visiting four different specialists, she was diagnosed with Primary Membranous Nephropathy. Eventually, she was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease.
Boyce, a wife and mother, is unable to take part of the activities she once enjoyed. She can no longer be as active with her family as she once was, and has to plan her life around her dialysis schedule. She wants nothing more than to receive a transplant so she can be healthy and have a better quality of life. Unfortunately, her hope for a second chance has a high price tag.
For fundraising support and guidance, Boyce and her family turned to the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) for assistance. NFT is a nonprofit organization that helps patients raise funds to pay for transplant-related expenses through their community-based fundraising program.
"It's a difficult time for Laurie and her family," said Kristen Ball, fundraising consultant for the National Foundation for Transplants. "At NFT, we want nothing more than to help her raise the funds she needs so she can focus on her health and not worry about her finances."
To make a tax-deductible donation in honor of Boyce, send a contribution to the NFT Oregon Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 850, Memphis, Tenn., 38119.
Be sure to write "in honor of Laurie Boyce" on the memo line. Secure donations also can be made online at www.transplants.org. Donors should click on "Find an NFT Patient" to locate Boyce.
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