Save Kat Williams - Kidney Transplant

For: Kat Williams
Asheville, NC
Organizer: Patrice Boudreaux
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The Story

Hello, dear friends of Kat Williams:

It is with heavy hearts that our group “Friends of Kat Williams” must tell you that the beloved Asheville-based jazz and blues singer has been diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease (Stage 5 kidney disease). She is on a critical path to get on a list for a kidney transplant.

Our wonderful friend has been battling this difficult disease privately for awhile, but the time has come to let you know, because we know she will be lifted by your loving support and prayers. Over the past few months her kidney function has decreased to 13%, and she is easily fatigued, visibly thinner, and suffers with edema, nausea and lethargy associated with End Stage Renal Failure.

With the support of her loving partner, Patrice, Kat has been working to address her kidney disease for the past year through homeopathic medicine and therapies in hopes of reversing or slowing the disease. Its progression is devastating to someone who not only is an amazing and soul-lifting singer, but a go-to resource for many nonprofit organizations.

Just as the name indicates, this is now a time-sensitive medical situation. She is being cared for by doctors at Mountain Kidney and Hypertension Association in Asheville. Dr. Pruitt and his amazing staff will be working with Duke Kidney Transplant Program and Emory University Healthcare Kidney Transplant Program in hopes of getting her on the kidney transplant list soon. Says Dr. Pruitt: “ Kat is young, and I think she'll be able to receive a kidney transplant soon if she has a living donor."

Even with health insurance, Kat and Patrice will face a mountain of debt with the loss of Kat’s income and medically- associated costs not covered by insurance. Her mounting fatigue prevents her from performing the lively concerts that have captured the hearts of fans all over the East Coast. (But, Kat being Kat, she still sings at two worship services every Sunday at her church, Unity of the Blue Ridge).

“It gives me strength to give back,” she says. Through the years, Kat has performed gratis at hundreds of charity events. Now, ironically, the community is organizing to give back to her, as she becomes the focus of a fund-raising campaign organized by friends, musicians and our community.

The Save Kat Campaign will be launched on August 21, 2016 at 5:00 PM at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville. We hope to see you there.


The major goals of the campaign are to: (1) Find a donor!!! (2) assist Kat with transportation and lodging to and from Emory Hospital in Atlanta and Duke University Hospital, and (3) help with medical costs of the transplant, anti-rejection medicines, and living expenses, so that Kat can just concentrate on her medical treatment and her healing, and then get back to serving the community she loves.

We know you wonder, “How can I help?”: SPREAD THE WORD, volunteer at the event if you would like, send prayers or emails, or feel free to phone her.

Can we count on your support?

Kat: "It’s very hard for me to say, but I need help from my community."

Kat would appreciate your words of encouragement and love!

[email protected]
828-777-9311

PO Box 2792
Asheville, NC 28702

With gratitude,


Friends of Kat Williams

(Friends of Kat Williams pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have been coordinated to provide unified information)

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 17, 2017

Posted on February 17, 2017

Dearest Friends,

Please come to my birthday party! XOXO This February 24th 2016 at 8:30 at WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN, Black Mountain celebrate my birthday AKA Katrina "Kat" Williams' 50th Birthday Party! - Love, Kat!

West Sound provides the music, Kat and company will be singing and dancing. Kat might only be able to sing for a short while given that she is on dialysis everyday.

We encourage all to donate to: https://www.youcaring.com/kat-williams-596367

For information regarding the event: BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE>> http://www.whitehorseblackmountain.com/

OR Donate $100 via Event Brite and get a free ticket. We will square=up with the White Horse on the night of by buying tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kat-williams-50th-birthday-with-kat-and-west-sound-dance-party-tickets-32174064493

Phone: (828) 669-0816

Email: [email protected]
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/White.Horse.Black.Mountain
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WhiteHorseBlkMt
Address: 105c Montreat Road Black Mountain NC 28711

To find us on Google Maps CLICK HERE

For Directions to our Venue CLICK HERE

Posted on December 14, 2016

Posted on December 14, 2016

Hi everyone!  

Kat has completed all the necessary testing and has been cleared for transplant. Emory is in the process of contacting and testing donors.  This process takes months.  Kat is resting comfortably but still has very low energy.  We're speaking to her doctor tomorrow and will probably start Dyalisis.  We'd like to thank everyone for their continued support and prayers.  We appreciate all of you! Happy Holidays!

Posted on October 9, 2016

Posted on October 9, 2016

Hello everyone!

Just an up date on what is happening with Kat! She has completed her last visit with Emory hospital and we are currently awaiting approval for transplant! As most of you know there was an email sent out to all angels wanting to be tested as a donor! We have not yet found a donor and we will not know until we receive a phone call with a date scheduled for transplant! 

Kat at is still struggling with fatigue and symptoms from stage 5 kidney disease. She recently had cateract surgery and is recovering like a champ! She wants me to tell everyone "I miss you and I appreciate your healing prayers, your love and continued support"! 

I just have to say you have been a miracle to our lives through this process! We still have a long road ahead of us and we are almost at 50% (AWESOME!!!!)of our goal! Please continue to share this post on Facebook! We are planning another fundraiser event! I will make sure to keep you posted on all new fundraising!

We love you, we bless you, we appreciate you, and we behold the divinity in you!

With Gratitude,
Patrice

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