SPOKANE, Wash. - Jenn Shuman is a 32-year-old wife and mother of two. Like most mothers, her dream is to watch her children grow.
In December she found out that dream was in jeopardy, when she was placed on the transplant list for a new kidney.
"Her dad passed away from kidney disease when she was 15 years old," said Tanya Ogden, a longtime family friend of Shuman's.
On average a person can wait almost two years on the transplant list. With 99,201 thousand people on the transplant list waiting for a kidney, only 14,029 were donated in 2013.
However, last Tuesday, Shuman received a kidney.
A bunch of people tested to find out if they are matches for her, and her mom happened to be a match.
Shuman and her kidney, she named Sidney, have a long battle ahead.
"We're just trying to raise more money for the medication she is going to need for the anti-rejection medication and hospital bills," said Shuman.
Odgen and members throughout the community have come together to raise money for Shuman and her family.
"The medication can range anywhere from $300 a month clear up to like $900 a month," said Ogden.
Odgen has set up an account at US Bank, she sells awareness bracelets, and this weekend held a garage sale.
We had multiple families donate for this yard sale, people from Cheney, Coeur d'Alene, all over Spokane.
The success of the yard sale surpassed Ogden's expectations. With a goal of making at least 500 dollars for her friend, "This weekend it has been a little bit over $1,000," said Ogden.
Ogden hopes the money raised will allow Shuman to focus on recovery, and her favorite thing in the world, being a mom.
It's the best mother's day present her mom could have gotten for her... For her and her kids.
To follow Shuman's progress click here.
To donate go to any US Bank and make a donation for 'A Kidney for Jenn'. Be sure to include the 'A' or the bank won't be able to make the donation.
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