CANON CITY, Colo. — Running out of time and options, a Colorado woman is hoping a billboard will save her life.
Becky Kelly suffers from a rare genetic disease called hemolytic-uremic syndrome. After three years on dialysis and one failed transplant, her doctors have told her she needs to take another shot at acquiring a new kidney.
That’s why – in what could be seen as both a bold and risky move – Kelly put up a billboard along Highway 50 advertising her search for a kidney that contains her photo and home phone number. She has set up a Facebook page, as well.
“I just can’t imagine not being able to do the things I love to do — I love to teach, I love to travel,” Kelly said. “I’m just not going to give up.”
Kelly’s billboard lease was donated by Dennis Wied, a fellow Rotary Club member who owns the signage space. He said he was touched by Kelly’s story – not just because of her perseverance, but because of her struggle.
“It’s such a difficult process that she’s already gone through once, and now she’s having to go through it again,” Wied said. “I was happy to help.”
Right now, medical experts estimate some 93,000 Americans are in need of a kidney transplant. But Kelly isn’t letting though difficult odds sap her motivation, as she’s now even considering putting up billboards in nearby Pueblo and Colorado Springs.
“You just have to go out on limb and say, ‘We’re going to do this,’” Kelly said. “I’m pretty proactive because I have a lot to live for.”
If your interested in becoming a donor for Kelly, be advised she’s looking for an individual with Type O blood, and that she is willing to cover all of her potential donor’s expenses.