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]
PO Box 2792
Asheville, NC 28702
Friends of Kat Williams
(Friends of Kat Williams pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have been coordinated to provide unified information)