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This is the Ruby McGartland Kidney Patient Fund. Donations will be used for medical expenses not covered by insurance.

As an End Stage Renal Disease patient, I have been on dialysis for 2.5 years. My kidney failure was due to Diabetes. Kidney failure is not the only complication I have endured from my Diabetes, I have had many eye surgeries, foot surgeries, and gastric difficulties. All of this combined means alot of doctor visits to specialists both in my home town and at Barnes, in ST. Louis.

All the travel, co-payments, out-of-pocket expenses and miscellaneous fees are getting to be too much, even though I have insurance and medicare. I have to pay 2 premiums monthly and pay all of the above mentioned expenses while trying to pay on previous medical bills.

I try to continue to work but miss alot of days due to the kidney disease symptoms. I can't really quick work because I don't have the cash to cover a waiting period for disability.

As you can see, financially, this has become a burden, not only to me, but to my family as well. They have been so good to stay by me through all of this, but do not have the funds to help financially.

I have been blessed with a strong will and courage to continue on with my life and to be as "normal" as possible. And I am blessed to have great friends and family. The only thing I need at this point is a financial blessing.

God bless you all!
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