My Brother Tony's Kidney Transplant

Organized by: Benita Brooks

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THE STORY:

I am writing to you about my brother, Tony Dillard. It’s to let you know about his current health challenge, and how you can help. This is not an easy letter for me to write, but I know that without uploading this, someone who might be interested in helping won’t have that opportunity. Tony is a God-sent brother. In the photo, he is standing to my left. My mother became disabled at a very young age; at times, she could not wash or style my hair. I took pride in my hair; as such, my brother, Tony, took the time to wash and style my hair when my mother was unable to do it. Tony is the father of three beautiful girls, ages 13-22. I completed my Master’s degree at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. During a particular winter, the weather was very harsh; there was snow and ice traveling from Greenville, South Carolina, through Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Murray, Kentucky. At the time, my brother, Tony was working and on his only day off, he drove my car through the snow and ice to get me back to school. He knew I was too terrified to drive, so he and I hopped in my Volkswagen, slid all around, but we made it to Kentucky. At the time my brother had two small children at home, but he sacrificed so much to ensure I had what I needed to live in this world. A few years ago, Tony was ordained a minister of the Gospel. For the last few Christmas holidays, he took his daughters to volunteer and serve women and their children in homeless shelters food. He makes it a point for his daughters to give one of their Christmas gifts to the children. Tony’s love for others is undeniable! Sadly, Tony suffers from kidney failure. He was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) when he was 20 years old. Over the years, his kidney has deteriorated to the point of currently doing dialysis daily. He is in need of a kidney transplant. He has been on dialysis for 5 years and on the transplant list for 4.5 years. He has completed all the criteria to be placed on The Kidney Transplant Program at MUSC located in Charleston, South Carolina. He is in the beginning phase of being placed on Georgia’s transplant list. He had family members, including myself, and church members attempt to serve as a living donor. Unfortunately, with no success, there was no match. Since he has been unable to find a living donor, he is waiting for a deceased donor. Waiting on a deceased donor can take up to 5 years. He is currently on disability and unable to continue to do the work that he loved and did for 16 years. This experience has been taxing on his health and finances. Tony needs a new kidney, and we hope you will consider being tested to be a donor. If you cannot help, please share with anyone who might; please forward this on. Forwarding this to your family, friends, work, school, congregation, or any other communities you belong to would be most gratefully appreciated. If anyone is interested, please call 843-792-4177 and ask for Sara or Amy, Transplant Coordinators. Tell them you want to learn more about living kidney donation for Tony Dillard, please feel free to call Sara or Amy. We are striving to raise, at least $8000.00 Thank you so much! Benita R. Brooks, Sister

$375

 

5% Raised of$8,000 Goal

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Benita Brooks

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Donor Comments

Vida

Vida

Love you like a brother 3 years ago

Calvin & Joaquina Murray

Calvin & Joaquina Murray

3 years ago

Jody Toften

Jody Toften

You get better! 3 years ago

Randy & Valerie Cumberlander

Randy & Valerie Cumberlander

Godspeed to Tony. Love you guys. Be Blessed. 3 years ago

Donna Cox

Donna Cox

3 years ago

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