Posted by Theresa Bryson
My husband was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of 11. Eight years ago he went into kidney failure because of the disease. Through Emory University here in Georgia, he was eligible for both a pancreas and kidney transplant. The care he received from Emory University Hospital gave him a second chance at life at the age of 34. Without the transplant, he would still be on kidney dialysis, 6 hours a day, 3 times a week.
That’s why after winning one of 40 $100 “Good Cards” as part of Tom’s of Maine’s “50 States for Good” program, I donated the funds to Emory University Hospital, earmarking it for the transplant program. My husband and I both lost our jobs because of the economy and have been working contract jobs over the past two years. Even then, the University Hospital’s support has been absolutely phenomenal. They make sure my husband gets the medication and care he needs.
This year, my husband, our two children and I celebrate eight years of his good health, and we have Emory University to thank for that. As active members in our community and our church, we fully appreciate and understand the good even $100 can do for an individual and our communities.