Memphis Mom Raising Money For Kidney Transplant

Memphis Mom Raising Money For Kidney Transplant

The single mother is trying hard to raise the cash so she can be here to raise her 14-year-old son. Wakeya Luckey has insurance, but a transplant costs $250,000.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com)-- A Memphis mother fighting kidney disease needs a transplant, but she doesn't have the money.

The mom is trying hard to raise the cash so she can be here to raise her 14-year-old son. Wakeya Luckey has insurance, but a transplant costs $250,000.

"I'm on the list. I don't know how far up or where I'm at but I'm on the list." While she waits for a donor, Luckey is working to raise money to afford a transplant.

The 34-year-old mom has end stage renal disease, combined with high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. She's been on dialysis since 2002.

The average kidney transplant costs $250,000 and Luckey will need a lifetime of medication afterward.

"Even with the best of insurance the cost can really add up," says Emily Joyner with the National Foundation for Transplants.

Luckey's joined the organization. Her goal is to raise $25,000.

"I have a child to raise. I'm just hoping I can get enough to start," she says.

Her 14 year old son Christopher has been supportive throughout her fight. "He's a good child. Through everything, he's been right there."

"It's tough," Christopher says. "She is the only person in my life."

So far the mom has raised $149 by selling $2 transplant bracelets.

"We have the bracelets," Joyner says. "We provide them and they can sell for their campaign."

She and Christopher have also planned a car wash for Saturday, October 5th at the Autozone at 3343 Winchester Road in Memphis. It starts at 8 am.

The family hopes to raise the transplant money a few dollars at a time by washing cars and selling bracelets.

"That's what a lot of our patients do, just grassroots fundraising," Joyner says.

"I pray and I tell God I got to be here for my son," Luckey says. "I made it this far. I'll make it again."

To make a donation in Luckey's honor, please visit www.transplants.org and select Find an NFT Patient. If you prefer to mail your contribution, please send your gift to the NFT Tennessee Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Be sure to write "in honor of Wakeya Luckey" in the subject line.
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