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This fundraiser ended on 12/28/11

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This is the Contwella Johnson Transplant Fund. The funds will be used for medical costs and related expenses not covered by insurance.

Contwella was diagnosed with FSGS - Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis as an adult and had her first biopsy in 2007. FSGS is a cause of nephrotic syndrome in children and adolescents, as well as an important cause of kidney failure in adults. Contwella is in desperate need of a new kidney as she is in End Stage Renal Failure right now.

Contwella has to pay $10,000 OUT OF POCKET when she receives a kidney. She is requires to be on a strict anti-rejection prescription regime for at least 1 year after the transplant. These drugs are very expensive and most are not covered by the insurance. Her transplant center requires her to live within 30 minutes from the center at least 1 month after the transplant. The transplant center is in New Orleans, which is 1.5 hours away from her home. She has no family in New Orleans and the insurance company refuses to pay due to a 4 mile difference in their regulations.

As many of you might know, there is no cure for End Stage Renal Failure, her only options are hemodialysis and transplant. However, we remain hopeful that she will beat the odds, and grateful for each day we are given.

Contwella is wife and mother of 3 great kids. She is not able to work full-time due to the hemodialysis treatment needed to fight this. Her husband, Russell, is a government contractor who is dependent on the weather for his job of grounds maintenance. This 4 year battle has drained their family both mentally and financially. Contwella is in the battle of her life right now and the mounting medical costs are a worry we would like to take away from her. We can't change this disease, but we can change how they fight it! Thank you all for your donations, support and most importantly prayers. We do believe in miracles and we pray for one each day.
God Bless you.
If you have any questions, or suggestions or just need to contact a representative for the family please call Russell Johnson at 228-575-5170 or e-mail at

If you want to send a donation by mail, please send checks to attention:

All your generous contributions, thoughts and prayers are deeply appreciated!!

Thank you all SO Much!! - Contwella and Russell, Odom Family, and Johnson Family
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