May 23 2013 Latest news:
by Lee-Ann Richards, Reporter
Thursday, February 21, 2013
A woman who is waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant is trying to raise awareness of organ donation.
Rebecca Greenwood, of Larchwood Avenue, Collier Row, wants to encourage more people to sign up to the transplant list.
She said: “Kidney failure is one of those things that can affect anyone at any time of their life, but a lot of people don’t realise it.
“I just want to remind them of how important it is – and if it saves one person then I have done my job.”
The 30-year-old mum-of-two signed up to become a volunteer for Kidney Research UK after she found out last year that she needed to go on dialysis.
She is planning to hold a fun day on Sunday, May 5, in aid of Kidney Research UK.
The event, at the Pinewood pub, St Johns Road, Collier Row, will include a bouncy castle, face painting, pony rides, raffle and a children’s disco.
She said: “The main reason that I started planning this event was to take my mind off things.
“I am worried that going on dialysis is going to have a massive effect on my life and that of my children, but I think the charity event is good because people need to know that it is life-saving treatment.”
Rebecca was diagnosed with a form of kidney disease when she was just 10.
She was diagnosed with the condition after months of treatment and spent a year on dialysis.
Rebecca says that she was able to lead a relatively normal life apart from attending regular check-ups at the hospital.
Last April, her condition deteriorated and she was told that she needed a kidney transplant.
She said: “When I found out, I was in absolute shock. I thought that my condition had improved so it came as a really big surprise.”
She said: “The only thing I remember about going on dialysis is that it made me feel weak.”
Rebecca is due to start dialysis in the next month.
She said: “It is going to have a massive effect on my life.
“I am really worried about how it is going to affect my children because they are so young and they still need me.”
For more information visit www.kidneyresearchukevents.org/FUNDAY2013