This Week is Minority Organ Donor Awareness Week

Connecticut Plus | LifeChoice Donor Services

BLOOMFIELD, CT - Evelyn Harris of Hartford starts her days like most of us; feeding and taking her dog for a walk, watching the morning news and eating breakfast. But after that, she struggles to have enough energy to do anything else. Seven years on kidney dialysis continues to keep Evelyn alive, but she is getting sicker every day and knows the only way for her to truly be healthy is to receive a kidney transplant. LifeChoice Donor Services is using National Minority Donor Awareness Week from August 1-7 to focus on the plight of minorities like Harris.

Harris’ ordeal began at the age of 14 when she was diagnosed with a kidney disease called Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a rare disease that attacks the kidney's filtering system causing serious scarring. It’s a condition she lived with for decades until she began hemodialysis in 2008.

“I go to the hospital three times a week. I’m on the machine for three hours,” said Harris. “My experience on dialysis is one that cannot be defined in two or three sentences. But to pick one word to sum it up- difficult!” Continue reading