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Patient Spotlight: Mr. John Hughes

We are pleased to announce our new Patient Spotlight, where we highlight ordinary people who face every day with EXTRAORDINARY strength and courage.

Mr. John Hughes

Mr. Hughes is a pleasant gentleman with a good sense of humor. Originally from Louisiana, he still has his Cajun accent. Mr. Hughes has not let his kidney disease, previous strokes, or being legally blind stop him from having a good life. He loves to fish and eat; he especially loves a good fish-fry or crawfish boil! He enjoys spending time with friends.

Although Mr. Hughes tries to find the positives in life, he also has to deal with the many struggles. Mr. Hughes has a very limited income; the cost of transportation alone made him consider withdrawing from dialysis, giving up all hope of survival.

The East Tennessee Kidney Foundation, Inc.™ quickly approved Mr. Hughes for its Dialysis Transportation Program. This program provides Mr. Hughes with a financial stipend to cover his transportation expenses each month. Upon the news of receiving financial assistance from the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation, Inc.™, Mr. Hughes was so relieved and thankful. He no longer had to worry about how he would make it to dialysis.

The Dialysis Transportation Program has literally been a life saver for John. Without this program, John would have stopped dialysis. He no longer has to worry about whether he will continue dialysis. He can get back to enjoying the pleasures of life, and perhaps go fishing now and then. John now has renewed hope and courage to keep fighting and to live life to its fullest.

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