1amvolunteers-kim-murphyOne of our loan officers at 1st Advantage Mortgage, Kim Murphy, will soon be giving the gift of life to a very deserving young woman. Kim recently learned she is a match for her friend’s daughter, Nikki, and will be donating one of her kidneys on February 26.

Nikki, a 22 year old college student, suffers from Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). She was unable to return to school this past fall due to her declining health. A kidney transplant is her only hope to make her dreams of going to medical school and becoming a doctor specializing in neurological diseases a reality.

Kim met Nikki’s mom briefly a few years ago and met again at an event in late November. Kim says, “Now I am the lucky one to be a match for her daughter. I can’t imagine being 22 and having to worry about any of this. I am excited for the opportunity to help someone in need.”

While most students Nikki’s age are worrying about studying for finals or how to pay for student loans, she is forced to worry about those things along with the cost of her kidney transplant. Unfortunately, insurance doesn’t cover the entire cost of the transplant and there are many expenses that must be paid out of pocket which could continue for a lifetime. Nikki is facing very high expenditures including co-pays, housing, donor expenses, post-transplant medications of up to $1,200 a month, lab fees and more.

To help offset Nikki’s costs, Kim is also helping to raise money by organizing two upcoming fundraisers. Pinot’s Palette and Hit-It Fitness will be holding events, and the details are listed below: 

Hit-It Fitness: 800 Lake Street Unit 110, Roselle, IL (630-307-7930)
Friday, February 19 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
$10.00 fee per person includes Kickboxing from 6:30-7:30pm
Wine, cheese/crackers, raffles and lot of laughs starting at 7:30pm
Register at: http://hit-itfitness.com/shop/hit-it-kickbox-farewell-fundraiser/

Pinot’s Palette: 100 W Higgins Rd Suite H-80, South Barrington, IL
Sunday, February 21 – 6-8 p.m.
$38.00 fee per person includes painting and supplies for painting
Wine, raffles, appetizers and fun throughout the night
Register at: https://www.pinotspalette.com/southbarrington/class/86671 or https://www.pinotspalette.com/southbarrington/class/86673

We are incredibly proud of Kim for her selflessness and bravery and wish her a speedy recovery after her surgery. To learn more about Nikki’s kidney transplant, visit https://helphopelive.org/campaign/9545

  • By: Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp.
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