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This fundraiser ended on 03/25/13

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ANKS is a campaign to raise funds needed for Shoshana Naftel to receive a much needed kidney transplant.

Shoshana is 24 years old and originally diagnosed with FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis), a very rare kidney disorder, in 2008. After three years of failing to respond to treatment her kidneys finally reached End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). After some recent testing, it turns out she also has Lupus and that Lupus may have been the cause of her kidney failure.

Shoshana has been on quite a journey dealing with, since the age of 10, a slow and progressing illness. At 10 she was diagnosed with Psoriasis. She constantly got sick all the time. At age 19 she had severe pnuemonia (something that repeated 2 more times throught the next few years) at age 20 she was diagnosed with FSGS/Nephrotic syndrome and anemia; age 21 hypertension with high cholesterol; 22 depression and anxiety; 23 end state renal disease, psoriatic arthritis, Lupus and has been hospitalized due to toxicity, grand mal seizures, sever sinus infections, and hypertensive urgency at least 11 times. It is possible, she has been told, that her Lupus was the cause of everything...since the age of 10.

 She now is doing peritoneal dialysis at home. While dialysis is a lifesaving treatment, it performs only about 10 percent of the work a functioning kidney does. Also because of its impact on the body, dialysis can cause other serious health problems and complications including: anemia, bone desease, high blood pressure, heart desease, nerve damage, and infection. As a result, the average life expectancy for a patient on dialysis is generally 5-10 years. On the other hand, patients who receive a kidney transplant typically live longer and have a more quality life than those who stay on dialysis.

Many thanks to all that participated in our DodgeBall Tournament back in November. We're getting closer and closer to our goal but we still need HELP!!! We are starting a "pay it forward" campaign. All we want you to do is donate just $1 and then ask everyone you know to donate $1. If we can get 2500 people to donate $1 we will reach our goal! So pay it forward! And thank you for taking your time to read this page.

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