Friends, running pals say kidney donation will make them family

LANSING STATE JOURNAL | Rachel Greco
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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