Jenna Franks’ grandpa died at just 28 years old due to a kidney disease. So when Jenna was diagnosed with a rare urological defect that destroys the kidney as a teenager, her family was devastated.
It felt like history was repeating itself.
Doctors placed Jenna on dialysis during her senior year of high school, and when she turned 20 she finally received a kidney transplant.
Unfortunately, the worst occurred.
The kidney began to fail five years after the transplant.
Jenna’s unique condition and rare blood type made it very difficult to find a kidney donor, but the family was undeterred. Even with statistics going against their favor — it’s not unusual for someone with Jenna’s blood type to wait up to 10 years for a transplant in Los Angeles — they refused to give in.
Led by Jenna’s mom, Karol, they launched a wide social media campaign in 2015 to seek out a proper donor.
Karol even resorted to writing up messages and signs on the back window of the family SUV.
Years went by and though the family’s message was heard loud and clear, nothing changed — until their message reached Gary Frey, a dad and Marine from New Mexico.
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