Help Layla Donate her Kidney
Organized by: Layla Harris
EVENT DATE May 20, 2015
My name is Layla Harris. I am a self-employed hair stylist in Austin, TX. I am married and have 4 children, one adult and three under the age of 9. Near the end of last year I was waiting for my first client of the day to arrive. When she walked in I could tell she had been crying. This was troubling because Lori is ALWAYS happy. Naturally I asked her what was wrong and she burst into tears. She explained that her husbands (Jay) kidneys had failed. He had been born with reflux neuropathy. One kidney did not function when he was born and the other steadily declined throughout his life. He was looking for donors and having no luck. As she described what he went through on a daily basis my heart sank. The next thing I knew, the words were just flying out of my mouth. I would get tested to see if I was a match. The story didn't end there. She had found a lump under her arm and was going in for biopsy that week. She later revealed she was diagnosed with stage four metastatic malignant melanoma. I just couldn't imagine what they must be going through....
Later I got the call. I am a match.... I was shocked. Not only am I not related to Jay. I had never even met him! It just got real! I wanted to help, but knowing what I was about to put my family and myself through, I needed to know..... What kind of a person is he? I didn't know how to ask this question so I simply asked, what does he do for a living? When Lori told me that Jay was a therapist for soldiers with PTSD and their families, I knew I was doing the right thing. I had to do this so he could continue to help those in need. When I continued on with the testing, they told me that not only was I a match. I was a perfect match. All 6 antigens with no antibodies attacking each other. The odds of being a six antigen match to someone you are not related to is 1:100,000. I really feel like I was put on this path for a reason... I met Jay for the first time two weeks ago. He had no idea he had a match. He had no idea I was already clear for surgery. This was all revealed to him when we met for the first time. Lori and Jay Leach are wonderful and deserving of this. They have 5 children and one granddaughter and this time has been so difficult for everyone. Our surgery is scheduled for May 20th. My recovery time is 4-6 weeks. I can't work at all for 4 weeks. I can't work full time for at least 6 weeks. Getting to work even part time will be quite difficult because I can't lift my daughter into her car seat to get there for 6 weeks. I am asking only for my lost income. I still have to pay the lease at my salon, childcare, and other household exspenses. Any money raised that exceeds my lost income will be split and donated to The PTSD Foundation of America and the American Transplant Foundation. We really appreciate your help.