Some of you may remember one of my closest high school friends, Sonia Baza. During our years at Pflugerville High School, we spent countless hours playing soccer and frequenting her mother’s nearby restaurant. Sonia has a kind and loving heart and comes from a family with those same qualities. She was and remains one of my closest friends.
Sonia is facing a challenge no parent ever imagines facing in their lifetime. Her son, 28-year-old Mauricio Figuero, is fighting for his life. He suffers from Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease, which means he has no functioning kidney. This requires nightly dialysis.
The family only recently discovered this sad situation. When Sonia volunteered to donate one of her own kidneys, she found that she herself had only one functioning kidney.
Mauricio will wait at least 5 years to receive a kidney donation unless someone is willing and able to donate sooner. In the meantime, medical bills are piling up. While he has health insurance, there are many out of pocket expenses. When Mauricio can get a kidney transplant, he will require expensive medication for the rest of his life.
Despite his diagnosis, Mauricio continues to look to the future. He is currently attending classes to obtain a degree in Broadcasting. He loves Marvel movies and dreams of traveling someday.
Please consider donating to assist this dear family as they battle this illness. If you cannot donate financially, please keep them all in your prayers.
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