Jerome Surles

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A nonprofit fundraiser supporting

National Foundation for Transplants, Inc.
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raised by 55 people

$25,000 goal

8 years left

We have a MATCH!

Update posted 2 years ago

Good news, bad news... Still waiting!

What's the good news? We have a matching donor! Although this person asked to remain anonymous, it is someone we know and who is now a part of my family!

Bad news: my company let me go because of my medical status. It was a small company and they started out seemingly supporting me... Then boom! The blessing in the situation... See above! Lol!!

Still waiting: waiting on the committee to officially out me on the list! Even though they called my donor to let them know they were a match.

Love ya to LIFE! 

Jerome Surles

Transplant Type:   Kidney

What if you were living on borrowed time?            

Jerome Surles is awaiting a new lease on life. Ten years ago, while undergoing a routine health checkup, he was diagnosed with stage 2 renal disease. This diagnosis came as a surprise to Jerome as he doesn’t have a family history of this condition. Unfortunately, his health has continued to decline. Now doctors say a kidney transplant is necessary.  While awaiting his transplant, he endures regular dialysis treatments, which leave him exhausted and take a toll on his quality of life.

During such a challenging time, Jerome is thankful to be surrounded by a strong support system. His beautiful wife, Kiya, their four children, and two grandchildren, have been by his side every step of the way providing much needed love and encouragement. While it has been very hard for Jerome and Kiya, these circumstances have also brought them closer together, strengthened their trust in each other, and given them perspective on what matters most in life. Jerome looks forward to the kidney transplant that will allow him to live his life fully again.   More than anything, he would like to return to coaching, working on his cars, and spending time with his children and grandchildren, but right now, he needs your help.

Unfortunately, Jerome’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.

The average kidney transplant costs approximately $442,000. And that is only the beginning. Even with health insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs, he faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they are as critical to his survival as the transplant itself. 

Jerome must travel to reach his transplant center for evaluations and doctors’ appointments. When he receives his transplant, Jerome and his caregiver will need to stay near the hospital during recovery, adding to the financial strain.

You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Jerome.  

If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the National Foundation for Transplants, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125.  Please be sure to write "in honor of Jerome Surles ” in the memo line.

Thank you for your generosity! 

Transplant Center:   Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital 

If you have any questions about The National Foundation for Transplants, feel free to contact the staff at 800-489-3863.





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