Get Kristan a Kidney
The family and friends of Kristan Ruppel are trying to raise money to help with her kidney transplant. Please show your support!
Kidney failure, also known as end stage renal disease or ESRD, is a condition where the kidneys lose their ability to filter waste from the bloodstream to convert into urine. Once the kidneys are so damaged that they cannot filter the blood, and Kristan will require dialysis or a kidney transplant in order to live.
When the kidneys fail, dialysis is performed. While dialysis can do the essential work of the kidneys, the treatment is expensive and time-consuming, requiring a minimum of three 3- hour treatments a week.
Kidney transplant surgery is the only “cure” for end stage renal disease, as a functional kidney transplant will remove the need for dialysis. A transplant poses its own challenges, but provides a great improvement in overall health when the surgery is successful.
Help us raise the money Kristan needs to find a suitable donor and have a successful transplant!