Hi there, my Name is Maurelle, and I am a young girl from Cameroon, where I live. I was diagnosed with kidney failure in elementary school, and it happened suddenly, without any known cause. So, for the last 9 years, I have been doing dialysis twice weekly to stay alive.
I am a junior in high school, and despite my poor health condition, I am grateful for life and would like to remain alive and fulfill my dreams.
When it all started, she lived in a small town with her family. She had to move to Douala, one of the biggest cities in Cameroon, for her treatment since her small town didn’t have a dialysis center.
It’s difficult for Maurelle’s parents to keep up with her treatment fees, food, tuition, and rent; since they do not have much. She often worries about her dialysis, on which my life depends. Deciding between buying food or paying for her treatment is a difficult choice. Still, unfortunately, that’s the dilemma she frequently faces. The truth is that she needs both. Without proper nutrition, her body might not handle the dialysis, and without dialysis, she will die.
Maurelle needs two weekly dialysis sessions, and each session only costs $10 since the government subsidizes it. We want to help cover the dialysis fees for a year; that way, she won’t have to worry about it, and whatever her family or other people give her could be invested in food and different needs. The two sessions per week are $20, and she needs $1,040 for a year. Any amount you can donate will be beneficial.