Photographer seeks Kidney Donor in exchange for free wedding photography.
I first learned about Candace Staten from her good friend and roommate, Skye. Skye and I have worked together for several years and it has been heartbreaking to follow Candace's story. She was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2002. Her original kidney failure was caused by a doctor prescribing her too high of a dose of Ibuprofen after she was in a car accident. Candace’s first kidney transplant was in 2005, from her father. He died later that year due to complications from a brain aneurysm. The kidney from her father lasted 8 years before ultimately failing. Since 2012, Candace has been in the ICU for complications relating to a bleed in the brain, hospitalized over a dozen times, and had over 14 inpatient and outpatient surgeries. Through it all, she continues to have a positive attitude and a smile on her face. She has been on dialysis again for the past two years but has had complications with infection. Her doctors believe the best treatment for her is to have another kidney transplant from a living donor. In October 2014, Candace was approved to have her kidney transplant at the Georgia Regents Transplant Program in Augusta, Georgia.
As of July 14th, 2016 she is still waiting for a match.
With over 2 MILLION weddings taking place every year, that 4 million brides and grooms who could potentially be a match for Candace.
Could you be that match? GRHealth's website is a great place to research more about living kidney donors. If you're ready to see if you could be a match for Candace, fill out the initial screening online and list Candace Staten as the Intended Recipient. If you are a successful match and donate one of your kidneys to Candace, I'll photograph your wedding absolutely free of charge. Anywhere in the US. Heck, even outside of the US.