Leila Hilali wrote -My dad, Mouhsine Hilali, a Moroccan Immigrant, is a great father. Being his only child, he loves me unconditionally and reared me well given our circumstances. Unfortunately, my father was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2008 at the young age of 40 (insane right??) He has been on dialysis ever since, and has struggled dealing with the emotional and physical hardships that followed. No child wants to hear that their parent is ill and suffering from such a debilitating and energy draining disease. My father has been in and out of hospitals, and because of his disability, he has not been able to work. This has put tremendous pressure on our family finances. Me and my parents do our best to make end's meat, living day by day, as my father receives limited state assistance to pay the bills. However, my mother is unemployed. I am a full-time college student receiving financial aid and I have been trying to juggle studying for school, volunteering, and tutoring to make extra cash, but it's never enough. Everyday is a challenge, not knowing whether we're going to have a roof over our head or have our phone or internet cut-off. It's a struggle that we fight everyday, which is why my father pushes me daily to excel in my studies, so I won't have to worry about my future living expenses. The reason I started this project and signed up with Crowdrise was in the hope that people will understand our plight and help us out in anyway they could. My dad is in dire need of a kidney transplant but due to ongoing technicalities, he is not on the waiting list....yet. This is due to my father's immigration status; he does not have a green card because he is not a permanent resident. But for the time being, my father is a legal temp. resident that is awaiting for Immigration to resolve his case. In the mean time, any donation, big or small, would help my family greatly and give my father hope that his life can be saved before it's too late. Thank you.