Friends, running pals say kidney donation will make them family

Anna Kaschner ,right, displays the kidney shaped necklaces that both she and Tina Stewart ,left, wear Thursday June 14, 2017 in Lansing. Stewart will donate a kidney to Kaschner on August 7th, Kaschner purchased the necklaces, one with an extra kidney and one with a hole where a kidney has been removed, to commemorate the event. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO(Photo: Kevin W. Fowler / for the Lansing State Journal)
LANSING - "I am looking for a hero."

"I'd like another 12 years with the man I love."

"I need someone to come forward. They will save my life. Please call."

Anna Kaschner, 37, made her plea again and again for more than a year through posts on social media.

The kidney she’d had for nearly five years, transplanted from a deceased individual, was failing. She was back on daily dialysis, clearing the toxins from her body with the help of a port in her stomach and a machine in her Lansing home.

Kaschner took more than 10 medications a day, even as her energy waned. The active lifestyle she’d built since her first kidney transplant in 2009 was in limbo, thanks to an auto immune deficiency disease – primary focal glomerulosclerosis – she’d been diagnosed with at 24.

She couldn’t run, lift weights or travel with her long-time boyfriend Jake Bahl anymore.

Kaschner was stuck, waiting, hoping, pleading for a kidney donor to come forward. Continue reading


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