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Living Kidney Donor Needs Help During Surgical Recovery

$2,565raised of $5,000 goal

Organizer: Valerie Maupin Beneficiary: Valerie Maupin

I am a living kidney donor who needs help raising funds during surgical recovery to save the life of Christine Curti; a wonderful woman who started as a stranger and has grown into part of my family.

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Hello! My name is Valerie Maupin. I am 24 years old and currently living in San Diego California. I am just your normal person. I work as a barber at Floyd's 99 Barbershop. I attend college at National University. I am majoring in Nursing with a minor in Psychology. I am a motorcycle and tattoo enthusiast. I am a big believer in helping others whenever able and that moral brought me to the place I am today.

I became interested in becoming a Living Kidney Donor when someone close to my best friend became in need of a kidney. I was not even a blood type match for that woman. I then began to think, "If i am willing to do this process for someone I know, why wouldn't I do it for someone I don't know? Everyone deserves the equal oppertunity to have a normal, healthy life." That thought led me to a Facebook Page ( Then through a series of clicks and scrolls I ended up at Christine Curti's page. She is "The One". I messaged her and that is where the communication began.

Christine has a huge story of her own on what she has had to undergo and the sacrifices she has had to make due to her medical condtion. I will upload it to this page soon as well as a link to her donation page.

Christine lives in Florida so I have had to go Florida to undergo extensive medical testing (EKG, Ulrtasound, Xray, Bloodwork, C/T Scan...). The results came back and our case was presented to the medical board. My kidney was accepted for donation to Christine! We received the results October 1, 2013. We have scheduled the surgery for Novemeber 13 out in Gainseville Florida. The surgeon told me to prepare to be out of work for 3 months.

The medical portion of this process is covered by Christine's insurance. The flight and hotel out to Florida are covered by NLDAC (National Living Donor Assistance Center). I am NOT being compinsated for this procedure. I am still responsible for my bills (rent, insurance, student loans, food...) even though I will be out of work for several weeks. I am seeking donations to help keep me afloat during my surgical recovery time since I am unable to work. Anything will help and be greatly appreciated. I am NOT looking to make any profit from this. I just do not want to be worried about how I am going to pay my bills. I want to be focused solely on recovering and getting back to a normal life.

Thank you!
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by Valerie Maupin
Thanks to all of the help I received from everyone I am back to 100%! I am working full time and Christine is healthy. "Champ" is working great! Thank you all so much for your support. Thank you for helping me help Christine. 
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by Valerie Maupin
It has been a whole week since the surgery and everything is going according to plan! I have been out of the hospital for a few days, and Christine got out yesterday. We named the kidney we now share "Champ". Champ is functioing great in Christine! Some of her bloodwork levels is actually in the normal (or very close to normal) range. They haven't been that way in around 15 years! What an amazing oppertunity I have been able to give her at a new life.
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by Valerie Maupin
Short but sweet because I'm exhausted. Surgery was morning of 13th. Went as planned :) I'm doing great as well as Christine. Her new kidney is functioning as planned! I'll post more details tomorrow. 
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by Valerie Maupin
Today has been the first day of my trio to Florida. I am currently on a layover in Houston TX. We had to come come a day early because it takes so much time to travel. We left at 6am and will arrive at around 7pm (including the time change). Tomorrow is my pre op and Wednesday is the surgery. We have been making great strides in this fundraiser. Thank you for all the support and keep sharing this page! Love you all!
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