Received - Deceased Donor
At the age of 17, while still a junior in high school, Francisca Innis enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves Split-Option. She completed her basic training during the summer of her junior year and completed her advanced training as a Finance Specialist after graduation.
After returning from advanced training, she went to active duty and reclassified as a Medical Lab Technician, stationed at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. Following active duty, she remained a Reservist, while completing her college education and working full time.
In 2012, Francisca developed kidney failure and also lost her sight. She has been relying on a dialysis machine for 8 years in order to survive. Francisca is now on the kidney transplant wait list. However the wait for a kidney from a deceased donor can take many more years. She may not survive the wait.
A living donor kidney transplant would give Francisca the best chance to live a long life, free from the burden and discomfort of dialysis. Many people are not aware that they have a spare kidney to share if they are medically cleared. They can live a long and normal life with one kidney and save a life by donating their other kidney.
Francisca is working with an organization supporting all US Veterans in their search for a kidney donor. (DOVE). This organization will provide education, support and financial assistance to prospective donors to ensure they do not incur out of pocket expenses. Please click the button below to learn about DOVE and kidney donation. Or you can call: 551-449-8319.
Before developing kidney failure, Francisca loved traveling, volunteering her time to various causes, reading, cooking, and taking long walks. Let us help Francisca get back to living life fully.