A plea from Grace’s parents:
In the past year and a half we learned that Grace had Chronic Kidney Disease due to VUR (Vesicouritureal Reflux) and Neurogenic Bladder. Talk about an adventure no one wants to go through!
As we have traveled down this path, searching for solutions, Grace’s kidney function has continued to decline. It has become evident that the only way for Grace to live is to have a kidney transplant.
Let me tell you about Grace! Grace is 19 years old. She is a student at the University of Arizona, studying business. The first week of her freshman year Grace spent in the hospital with acute renal failure. But Grace is something special, and a week in hospital didn’t hold her back. Despite everything being against her; in spite of having been in hospital when she should have been in class; even with all of the follow-up doctor appointments with Nephrologists and Urologists and regular practitioners, that repeatedly took her out of her classes, Grace still achieved a 4.0 in her first semester in school and made the dean’s list. Where Grace has a will, nothing in the world will stop her! She has a piece of board in her room, here at home, with all of her hopes and dreams written down. She is the most goal-oriented teenager I have ever met. She continues her schooling, knowing that she will soon have to take a break for transplant surgery. Yet she is still doing a phenomenal job.
Grace is the kind of girl who turns heads, and turns hearts. She is smart and pretty and even frustrating at times, but her laugh is infectious and her smile is entrancing. She is impossible not to love and she has so very much to bring to this world!
Grace will have to have a kidney transplant in order to survive. Her kidney function, as of the date of this writing is 22%, and she loses a percentage point about every month. At around 20% she goes into ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) and will go on the transplant list.
Obviously, a live donor is best. So we are trying to raise money to help pay the out of pocket costs for potential donors to be tested, and for the actual donor who may actually lose wages and have expenses as a result of their life saving gift. We also need money to pay Grace’s medical expenses which will be lifelong – surgery, follow up treatments, medications, and who knows what else.
If we raise more money than we need, all of the rest of it will go to the American Kidney Fund.
We are asking for your help! Please donate to Grace’s Go Fund Me account by clicking here.
Here’s an update from this April article:
Grace will indeed be coming here in early July. We were not sure at first if she would be able to leave her doctors etc. down in Arizona as her situation is tenuous. Her Doctor is okay with her visiting but has her on a specific diet and exercise regimen she will have to abide by in order to sustain her limited kidney function while she is here. She can only be gone 1 month. No longer. Her kidney function will be retested when she arrives back in Arizona. She will return to Arizona August 1st.
Her fundraisers are, #1 The Newport Cafe Dine-In on Tuesday July 14th. Grace will be there at lunchtime with myself, my mom, and her sisters. All profits will be given to Graces GoFundMe account. On Saturday July 25th is the American Legion Spaghettt feed and auction from noon until 5. Again Grace myself and her sisters will be there. We are still in need of auction items from local businesses. Last but not least is the Waldport Moose Lodge Dinner, cake walk and karaoke on Friday evening July 31st from 5pm until 10pm. That is the night before she flies home to Arizona. Of course she, myself and her 4 sisters here will attend each event. In addition to Grace’s GoFundMe.com account people can also donate at change jars placed around town at: Newport Figaros Pizza, Newport Shell Gas, Oscars Mexican Food in both Newport and Lincoln City, American Legion in Newport, and Waldport Moose lodge.
Sincerely, Craig Walton MacDougall
Please and Thank you!
Danielle Waluck, Grace’s Mom.
Craig MacDougall, Grace’s Dad.