Shamekia R. Chaney is my niece. What I admire about Shamekia is her outgoing personality, her leadership skills and how she always includes all of her cousins in whatever she plan or does. I love her singing and her boldness and not being afraid of any challenge. As a result of her accident, constant pain and the need for a kidney donor she has become more of an introvert and not that outgoing person that I know.
Prior to the accident Shamekia had plans to go out on her own. I remember her telling me auntie when you visit relatives in Alabama stay overnight with me in Georgia, because she had plans on purchasing a home. She had plans to LIVE her life to the fullest. With kidney failure she's missing out on life. If I could donate one of mine I would have done it from the very start of this journey.
A transplant would allow Shamekia to resume her life and live it to the fullest. Shamekia would not have to worry about so many doctors appointments and most of all dialysis. She would not have to depend on her parents for added support. I'm positive any person (especially a young person in the prime of their life) would NOT want to go through dialysis. A kidney transplant would mean LIFE and the world to Shemekia.
I'm Marilyn Warren-Gerard Aunt of Shamekia Chaney. I have been asking friends and family to support Shamekia cause if at all possible. It's difficult and overwhelming to ask for such a personal request. If you can find it in your heart please become a donor.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Shamekia Chaney's Transplant Center. Begin by completing the donor questionnaire
There are currently 120,000 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in the U.S. Of these, 100,000 await kidney transplants.
The median wait time for a kidney transplant is 3-5 years and can vary depending on health, compatibility, and where you live.
In 2014, 17,107 kidney transplants took place in the U.S. Of these, 11,570 came from deceased donors and 5,537 came from living donors.
Every 14 minutes someone is added to the kidney transplant waitlist.
A kidney from a living donor lasts longer and begins functioning more quickly than a kidney from a deceased donor.
In 1995, kidney donation became minimally invasive with a procedure called laparoscopic nephrectomy, which only requires four small incisions. Hospital stay is typically only 3 days after this operation.
Not blood type compatible with your recipient to be a living donor? Kidney Paired Donation (the “kidney swap” program) enables incompatible candidates with a living donor to receive a kidney from a compatible donor.
Last year, over 700 living donor kidney transplants occurred using Kidney Paired Donation.
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