After years on a donor wait list, the family of a 29-year-old Pasadena woman with kidney failure has taken to the streets in search of a match.
Realizing they live in a city where millions of people commute daily, Jenna Franks’ family painted their plea on a family vehicle.
Pictures of the SUV have since been posted on social media and gained international attention, but Franks has not yet found a donor who matches.
“How ironic that something as simple and old fashion as a sign on the back window explodes into this sensation,” said her father, Edward Franks.
Jenna Franks, the oldest of four children, was diagnosed with a rare urological defect that destroys the kidney, according to a Facebook page maintained by her family.
She first began dialysis as a senior in high school, continuing the treatment for three years before getting a kidney transplant.
“That kidney has petered out, and Jenna has started dialysis again,” the Facebook page states.
It has been years since she went back on the donor wait list, which can take 10 years in Los Angeles for Franks’ type O blood, according to her family.
For Jenna Franks’ mother, the search is all too familiar.
“My dad died at 28 years old from kidney disease, and my daughter is on dialysis,” Karol Franks said. “It was scary then and it’s scary now. … The thought that she has to struggle with this, it’s hard.”
A donor with who is healthy, well-informed and willing to donate voluntarily is being sought.
Anyone who believes they can help was asked to contact Jenna Franks’ family at firstname.lastname@example.org or by messaging their Facebook page.