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Life saving weight loss surgery towards kidney transplant.

Cause page created in the Health category by Cherry Johnston for "Melody Johnston / Daughter"

$2,752 of $30,000 goal

Given by 68 generous donors in 6 weeks


If Melody doesn't get this surgery her health will sadly keep deteriorating until it is too late.

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Melody started getting sick at age 13 and started her dialysis journey in April 2010. Her story is very heartbreaking and I want to see her finally enjoy life.

Age 13...she was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) and Scheuermann's Disease.

Age 15... we found out she was allergic to penicillin by having Anaphylaxis. Her kidney's couldn't handle the reaction and went into complete acute renal failure. This is when her dialysis journey started.

Since this happened she has had over 30 surgeries, we lost count, and it just doesn't seem to end for her. These surgeries include many fistulas, grafts, VP shunts, peritoneal dialysis tubes, temporary lines, parathyroidectomy and more.

With all that has happened to Melody she struggles to lose weight as she is unable to exercise like most of us can. This surgery will enable her to reach her goal weight and be able to finally have her life saving transplant of which I am the compatible donor.

The reason we need to raise the funds is because the DHB will not pay for it but if it is not done she will not be able to get on the transplant list which is what is needed to save her life. People sadly do not do dialysis forever so we are not sure how long she can go on like this. She has nowhere else on her body for more fistulas or permacaths which are used to do dialysis.

Cherry Johnston's involvement (page creator)

I am her Mother and her best friend.

Use of funds

These funds will be used towards the desperately needed weight loss surgery so Melody can finally get her life saving kidney transplant and finally live and have fun.

Latest donations

  • Jared

    Jared 3 hours ago


    Wishing you the best! Stay strong!


  • Rachel

    Rachel 3 days ago


    I wish I could offer you more. Best of luck xx lots of love.


    • Cherry Johnston

      Truly your donation is appreciated more than you can know. Thank you so very much for your kindness. Please take care and keep safe. Many thanks Cherry and Mel. XO

  • Erin

    Erin 4 days ago


    I hope my small amount can help go towards your goal for surgery. You are a very brave lady who deserves to have a good chance at life. Stay strong xx


    • Cherry Johnston

      Oh gosh hun, we are so very grateful for your kindness. Your donation is truly appreciated and Melly and I can't thank you enough. Please take care and keep safe. XO

  • Sarah

    Sarah 4 days ago


    You’re an amazingly strong young lady Melody and an inspiration. Wishing you and your family the very best health and happiness XXX


    • Cherry Johnston

      Thank you so very much for your very kind words and I couldn't agree more as Melly truly is an inspiration to so many and if only she understood this. It tears me apart to see my girl go through so much over so many years and we thank you so much for your wonderful donation to help us move forward to something positive. Again thank you for your kindness. Please take care and keep safe.

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor 4 days ago


    All the best x


    • Cherry Johnston

      Thank you so very much for your kind donation. We truly appreciate your help and can't thank you enough. Please take care and keep safe. Mel and Cherry XO

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This page was created on 17 May 2020 and closes on 17 Nov 2020.
$2,752 of $30,000 goal

Given by 68 generous donors in 6 weeks

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