SPOKANE, Wash. - Anna Copley is a 14-year-old Lewis and Clark High freshman, she has been fighting for her life since she was a baby. A serious illness as an infant left Anna's kidneys slowly deteriorating.
Her dad, John Copley, said he doesn't think Anna has ever really known what it's like to feel good.
"She was fine until she got into about 4th grade. The doctor came in after doing lab work and said, this is the news we didn't want to hear," said John.
For the past four years Anna has gotten by on various medications, until February of this year. She progressed to stage 5 kidney failure and started hours of dialyses every Monday and Friday. The bottom line, she needs a new kidney.
"I was the oldest and I wanted to be the one to give her a kidney. This is like the least I could do," said her brother, Andrew Copley.
"It's amazing and when I was diagnosed in 4th grade that was the first thing he said was that he was going to be the one to give me my kidney," said Anna Copley.
Anna has had to sacrifice a lot at such a young age. From giving up her favorite foods, to missing out on Andrew's wedding.
"They're so close to one another that we said you know Anna look at it this way, a piece of you is at the wedding right now. And it's the kidney you are going to get," said John.
Andrew will be spending his first summer as an Eastern Washington grad a little different than most.
"There are a lot of sacrifices but it's going to be totally worth it. I'm just super excited to see Anna after the surgery and to see her like getting better and starting to be able to do things she wasn't able to do before," said Andrew.
The road to recovery will be long and painful, but Anna said there is one comforting aspect through it all, "I look up to all my brothers, but I think he's the brother I usually look up to the most so to have him be going through this it's going to be really nice."
Even with good insurance, Anna's family will have to pay upwards of $60,000 out of pocket. If you would like to donate to her fund, visit http://www.cotaforannarc.com/.
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