If you have healthy organs, please consider listing yourself as a donor. You can save many lives.
Laura Appreciates Your Help!
Laura received her liver transplant November 2008 & is recovering slowly with much hope for the future.
Thanks to those who have already contributed to her recovery.
Laura would like to thank the Transplant Center at Fairview University Hospital: of course the incredible surgeons, but others - ER staff, doctors, nurses, social workers, technicians and others who gave such a high level of care on a daily basis.
Mostly, enormous thanks to the family of the liver donor.
THIS IS THE BACK STORY - written late September 2008
Laura Kennedy, original bass player for the legendary 1980s band the Bush Tetras, needs a liver transplant. She has lived with Hepatitis C for 25 years, and the disease is now causing her liver to fail. She is currently on a transplant list but is looking for a live liver donor (with Type O blood) as a more immediate option. Tragically, 20% of all people on liver transplant lists die while waiting for an organ.
(note: a dear friend came forward to become the donor, but Laura was eventually too sick for this option.)
She has been unable to work since June 2008, and is now living on disability in Minneapolis. Without the needed transplant, she may live only another 8 to 12 months. This past summer, she has been hospitalized 4 times due to complications from the disease.
Laura and her friends, including the Bush Tetras, are trying to raise money to help support Laura and her potential donor’s living expenses in the post-surgical recovery period, expenses not covered by her disability insurance. Please consider making a financial donation to help Laura in this difficult and crucial time.
At this point, Laura has received enough help to spend many months focusing on her recovery. Contributions continue to be very much appreciated.(Please note that contributions are not tax-deductible.)