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By Akasha Spino-Bybee
For The Sentinel 

Goldendale woman needs help to fund kidney transplant

 

Akasha Spino-Bybee

HELP NEEDED: Joanne Davenport needs a kidney transplant. A fund-raising effort has been started on her behalf.

Polycystic Kidney Disease is one of the most common life-threatening genetic diseases. Parents with the disease have a 50 percent chance of passing it on to each of their children. It is the fourth leading cause of kidney failure, often leading to death. Today there is no cure, and patients turn to dialysis or kidney transplants as their only treatment.

"I have polycystic kidney disease. My doctor told me I am getting to the point where I need a kidney transplant," says Joanne Davenport, Goldendale resident of 23 years.

Davenport, a woman who is reaching out to the community for support, has contributed 14 years to Klickitat Valley Health as a licensed practical nurse (LPN)," she says. "I moved to Goldendale in '91, and then my husband passed away two years later. After that, I became an LPN and I really enjoyed it. Now I am kind of taking care of myself. I love Goldendale; it's why I raised my children here. They are a very caring community."

She says she was diagnosed when her son was a year old, which was about 27 years ago. "It's hereditary-my mother has it, my uncle has it, my brother has it, and it has been passed from me to my daughter," she recalls. "My uncle has a transplanted kidney, and I would like to do that as well because you don't last long on dialysis. I am currently on the inactive list-waiting for a donor-at the hospital, but once I get the transplant, there will be some left over costs."

Davenport will need about $12,000 to cover the expenses for a prescription for anti-rejection that is $7,800, with a deductible of $4,000 for the surgery. "I will also have to pay for my month's stay at the hospital after the transplant. The insurance will take care of the hospital, but I have to pay for my own room, so I will need help. I am trying to get help from the community to do some fundraising," she states.

"I just know that now is the time to look for a kidney. It's best to do it now, before it gets worse. Everyone has their own path to walk, and I just trust in God. He has helped me through this."

If you are interested in helping Davenport raise money through fundraising, or simply want to make a donation, call her at 250-3337.

 

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