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The Azalea Paredes Kidney Fund

The Azalea Paredes Kidney Fund

Azalea Paredes is my (not-so-little) sister. Around age 5 she was diagnosed with Renal Reflux. Basically it's a condition that allows urine to flow back and forth between the kidneys and bladder. Not a good thing since your kidneys don't want that junk back once it's filtered it out. By the time she was a teenager her kidneys were of no use. She had a transplant, but after about 7 years, her body rejected it. She's been on dialisys since her early 20's. She's now 35. She was always very active and independant. Always happy and loved to be around her friends and travel. She worked as a Medical Assistant and even lived on her own for many years. Then, one day, out of the blue, she had multiple strokes. This left her in a coma for 3 days. While in a coma, she was injected with contrast dye to perform an MRI. This was in the days before doctors knew this was bad for dialisys patients. Also, for some reason, they didn't do her dialisys while she was in a coma. All very bad things that led to her now being confined to a wheelchair. She still has feeling in her legs and feet, she just can't get them straight. Her joints have become far to stiff. Imagine being in a constant seated position. Legs bent at the hip and knee joints, never being able to straighten them.The funds raised would be used for multiple purposes. She is near the top of the transplant list in both Dallas and San Antonio. We live in El Paso. When she gets the call from either place she needs to drop everything and hop on a plane A.S.A.P. So, some of the money would be part of her emergency plane ticket fund. Another part would be used to cover more common expenses such as trasportation costs to and from doctor's appointments and regular maintenance on her vehicle. Speaking of her vehicle, she's in desperate need of a new one. She still has the same vehicle she bought before her stroke. It's very old and literally falling apart. Something different breaks on it every week. Plus it's not very convenient for carrying her power chair. I'd love for her to be able to afford a wheelchair accessible minivan. The fully customized ones cost upwards of $50,000. But if she can get a regular one, she qualifies for a program that would customize it for her for free. That would save us $20,000 or more. She actually doesn't know that I've set up this fund raiser. I'd like to surprise her with it when ther's actually something to show. She's done so much for me (helped pay my way through college) and I've never really been able to do much for her. This is a small way of showing her how much I love and appreciate her. So, please look deep into your heart and give any little bit that you can. Every dollar really does help.Thank you everyone,Saul R Paredes

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