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Transplant Type - Kidney
Update: Ben received a kidney transplant on December 12, 2017!
In 2010, while undergoing a routine physical for Boy Scouts, Ben's doctor noticed some abnormalities in his bloodwork. Further testing revealed that he suffers from chronic kidney disease, which came as quite a shock to Ben and his family. Doctors now say a kidney transplant is necessary, and he was added to the transplant waiting list.
Through this journey, Ben has realized that he wants to become a Nurse so that he may help others in similar positions as him. Although this has been a challenging time for Ben, he's thankful to still be able to continue his Nursing school program in Chattanooga, TN. Ben and his fiancé love being in the outdoors whether they are kayaking, camping, hiking, fishing, rock climbing or gardening. They are set to get married in May 2018. With the help of the Kidney transplant and the support of his family and friends he has hopes that the transplant will give him back the energy he once had. But right now, he needs your help so that he in turn may help others in the future.
The average kidney transplant costs approximately $250,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, which will cover the cost of the transplant, he faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Ben. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Tennessee Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Ben Rankin" on the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Patient Health Institute: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
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