Twenty-three-year-old Ana Araujo, a native of Morrisonville, is in need of a kidney transplant.
Agnes Loffler is hoping something can be done to save her daughter’s life.
Loffler’s daughter, Ana Araujo, has been diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a condition which has caused her to go into renal failure and require dialysis treatments three times a week at the age of 23. Araujo — a Morrisonville native who attended Saranac Middle School and graduated from Plattsburgh High School — was in her freshman year at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh when she was diagnosed, said Loffler.
“Everything started about 10 months ago,” Loffler recalled. “She was having a lot of discomfort. [The doctors] ran some tests and detected a large amount of protein in her urine and found she had high blood pressure.”
What doctors later learned was that Araujo’s condition had caused severe damage to her kidneys, which were functioning at approximately 28 percent of normal capacity, said Loffler. That led Araujo to ultimately need a kidney transplant. Luckily, her mother was found to be an eligible donor.
“We found out like a week ago that I’m a match. Thank God,” said Loffler.
Donating a kidney to her daughter is something she didn’t hesitate to do, said Loffler.
“She’s my child,” said Loffler. “Even if I ended up being the one on dialysis, oh well. As long as my daughter lives, that’s what matters. You’ll do anything for your kids.”
Though the transplant is scheduled to be performed the week after Thanksgiving at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington, Vt., Loffler is trying to raise money to help with the expenses of the procedure. The overall cost of the transplant is estimated at approximately $80,000, said Loffler, though insurance will cover much of that amount.
“We’re just trying to raise enough to cover the expenses that aren’t covered,” said Loffler, who noted her daughter is insured for the procedure though she is not.
Ultimately, Loffler said the goal of the event is to raise $5,000, but added every dollar will help.
“All for Ana” will be held this Sunday, Aug. 21, at Cocktails, 42 River St., from 12 to 5 p.m. The event will include live music, stand-up comedy routines, raffles, games and concessions. Admission is a $5 suggested donation at the door.