Man fights for new kidney, raises money for transplant

Courtesy: WRBL

COLUMBUS, GA. – One man is continuing his fight for a new kidney.  Allen Shierling was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2007.

He is in desperate need of transplant surgery.  Shierling held a comedy night fundraiser at Liberty Baptist Church to raise money for that surgery.

He has been on dialysis for just over a year.  The life expectancy for someone on dialysis is between five to eight years.

Shierling receives dialysis three times a week making it hard for him to have the chance to work.  He is thankful for the support he has gotten from the community.

“It’s both humbling and it’s very emotional.  As we were getting ready to come here this afternoon I was starting think about all the different people who reached out to help,” Shierling said.

Shierling worked on improving his lifestyle after being diagnosed with kidney failure, but his kidney issues returned.  A kidney transplant surgery costs more than $200,000, but his insurance covers a certain percentage of that.  He raised $1,500 at a fundraising event in January.

Shierling still needs $40,000 to $50,000 dollars to cover the cost of surgery and medication.

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