Longtime resident seeks funds for liver transplant
Longtime South Lake Tahoe resident, Gloria Kershell, was diagnosed in 1996 with primary biliary cirrhosis, an auto-immune liver disease totally unrelated to lifestyle. Kershell has never used alcohol, drugs, tobacco or even caffeine.
Kershell’s doctor of 10 years, Dr. Emmet B. Keeffe of Stanford University Medical Center, said that she now needs a liver transplant. According to Keeffe, she is a perfect candidate because she is otherwise healthy and PBC patients have the highest transplant survival rate.
This is a local family that has given to the community and now needs your help. Kershell was born in 1949. She moved to South Lake Tahoe in 1959, where she attended elementary and middle schools, and is a 1967 graduate of South Tahoe High School. She married and raised her family in Tahoe, often volunteering in the classroom and for Little League, Babe Ruth and Bobby Sox leagues. Her mother, Eva Wolf, is one the original 30 charter members of Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and helped found Barton Hospital. Her father, Bill Wolf, a retired carpenter, is a 50-year member of the local carpenter’s union.
There are 17,000 people on the national transplant list and only about 6,000 available livers each year. Kershell is on the Stanford transplant list and will finish tests at UC Davis Medical Center on Aug. 23 to be put on their list. One priority to be put on the transplant list is monetary funds. You have to show you have the finances for pre/post surgery care, besides the surgery cost, such as out-of-pocket expenses, co-pays, insurance deductibles, transportation, lodging and meals. This is a requirement, not something to be worked out later.
Kershell’s liver counts are steadily getting worse, so time is becoming critical. An account has been established at Bank of America for Kershell. The account number is 04953-42963. More information is available by contacting Eric Hellberg at (530) 541-0352 or Sherry Walker at (530) 541-8855. They are handling Kershell’s fundraisers and liver fund. Upcoming fundraisers will be announced shortly.
Updates are available by visiting Kershell’s Web site at gloriakershell.blogspot.com.
The family appreciates the generosity and support of the community.