Nine-year-old Blake Adams Requires Second Kidney Transplant, Needs Your Help
By Bill Hahn // June 22, 2015
born with a chronic kidney dysplasia
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Nine-year-old Blake Adams requires a second kidney transplant and needs your help. The National Kidney Foundation of Florida will be supporting his quest next Saturday, June 27 at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a fundraising event in Merritt Island at Kiwanis Island.
Blake was born with a chronic kidney dysplasia, requiring two different surgeries before he was even six weeks old.
For years, he suffered from many issues related to this condition, and he received a kidney transplant in 2011 when he was just 5 years old. His new kidney was performing well until doctors began noticing scarring on the new kidney two years later.
He experienced minor rejection issues over the next couple years, and then in January of 2015, his mother learned the scarring was worsening and was blocking 50 percent of the kidney’s filtration function.
Two months later, Blake got sick and ended up hospitalized and in renal failure. Although hemodialysis treatments were able to support his kidney function for a couple weeks, he was soon hospitalized again.
Doctors now say a second kidney transplant is essential. While awaiting this transplant, he is once again enduring regular dialysis treatments, which take a toll on his quality of life.
Despite these health challenges, Blake is a normal little boy. He loves recess, sports, boy scouts and playing with his friends. He just wants to be able to run and have fun without having to worry about his dialysis schedule, doctors’ appointments or the fear of going back to the hospital. And right now, he and his family need your help.
The average kidney transplant costs approximately $250,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, which will cover the cost of the transplant, he faces significant expenses related to the surgery.
For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Blake. If you’d prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Florida Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119.
Please be sure to write “in honor of Blake Adams” on the memo line.
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