Sharron Walker

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National Foundation for Transplants, Inc.
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$2,829

raised by 15 people

$10,000 goal

10 years left

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Sharron Walker

Dear Friends and Supporters, 

This is my story.

I am Sharron Warner Walker, a 59-year-old registered nurse from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I am married with three sons and two granddaughters. I have been caring for others since high school, starting in a work program at the age of 17. Over the years, I worked as a CNA, ward clerk, and assistant to the Director of Nursing as needed.

Never did I imagine, at this juncture in my life, that I would be facing illness. I never had high blood pressure or diabetes. On August 16, 2023, I saw the doctor, labs were ordered, and I received a call to go directly to the emergency room. That day, I was diagnosed with kidney failure, and shortly after I started on dialysis. The shock of losing my independence was overwhelming. I have worked since the age of 15, prior to entering healthcare at 17. I am no longer able to take care of myself. The fatigue and poor stamina alone are too much, not to mention the issues with equipment that can delay treatments for seven hours or more. My husband has stepped up and been the rock I've always envisioned him to be. Without him by my side, I would not be able to face this alone.

The Friday after Thanksgiving, I sat my sons down and informed them of the seriousness of my illness, providing instructions for them in the event of my untimely demise. The looks on their faces cannot be described. We are a close family. My two granddaughters and daughter-in-law know I am ill and are concerned about my situation. My babies are spending a lot of time with me. I have so many plans for my life and my family. I want to get back to my patients and my family.

Coping with being broken is incredibly challenging. It feels wrong to be taking, taking. I just feel like I owe my family better. There were times when I wasn't sure if I wanted to undergo dialysis or transplant. No one close to me would have this conversation with me. I would like to think it was because I meant too much. I prayed and wrestled and wrestled and prayed. Two things came to my heart. I was prepared for this to happen. What I did not mention is that after high school, I worked for five years as a dialysis tech, and prior to and after Katrina, I worked as an RN in dialysis. I am a testimony already and haven't been healed. Yes, I struggled, but my faith got me through, and I want it more than anything. I want to live! I want life, and I want it more abundantly. All the years of sitting up the word of GOD came rushing back when I needed it the most. I feel so grateful for another chance, a chance to be a better Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, and nurse.

My post-transplant life will include going back to work, being more active in my Christian walk, nurturing my relationship with my husband and family, and enjoying life like I never have.

Your generous donation in any amount can help patients like Sharron to make a life-saving transplant possible. 

Help Sharron on her journey to receiving a kidney transplant today!   

  1. By making a tax-deductible donation via check or credit card.     
  • Make your check payable to NFT including “in honor of Sharron Walker” on the memo line.    

Sharron Walker

Transplant Type:   Kidney

Dear Friends and Supporters, 

Sharron needs a kidney transplant to get back to spending time with her husband and sons. 

Sharron is a registered nurse from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who is facing a challenging chapter in her life. Sharron has dedicated her life to caring for others, starting in high school at the age of 17. Over the years, she has worked tirelessly in various healthcare roles, providing compassionate and dedicated service to those in need. Now, Sharron finds herself on the other side of the healthcare spectrum, battling severe kidney failure.

In August 2023 Sharron received the shocking news of her diagnosis, leading to an immediate shift in her life. Without any prior history of high blood pressure or diabetes, the sudden onset of severe kidney failure has left Sharron reliant on dialysis. The toll on her independence, coupled with the physical and emotional challenges of the treatment, has been overwhelming.

Unable to care for herself as she once did, Sharron relies on the unwavering support of her husband, who has been her rock throughout this difficult journey. The impact of her illness goes beyond her own struggles; it has deeply affected her close-knit family.

Despite the setbacks, Sharron is determined to fight for her life. Her faith has been a guiding force, helping her navigate the difficult decisions surrounding dialysis and a potential transplant. Sharron sees this as an opportunity for a second chance, a chance to be a better Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, and nurse.

Unfortunately, Sharron’s new kidney comes at a very high cost.    

The average kidney transplant costs more than $400,000. Even with the support of health insurance, Sharron still faces significant medical expenses following her transplant. Post transplant there will continue to be pressing financial needs including lifetime follow-up care and costly medications. 

Your generous donation in any amount can help patients like Sharron to make a life-saving transplant possible. 

You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Sharron.  

If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the National Foundation for Transplants, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125.  Please be sure to write "in honor of Sharron Walker” in the memo line.

Thank you for your generosity!

Transplant Center:   Ochsner Foundation Hospital (Transplant Center)

If you have any questions about The National Foundation for Transplants, feel free to contact the staff at 800-489-3863.

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