The community of St. Cloud is trying to give new life to a woman in need of a kidney transplant.
She is proving to be a fighter one day at a time.
“People from this town get together, it’s like a family here,” said Missy Dion.
There was food, music and raffles. The community of St. Cloud came together Saturday to lend a hand, or better said, a kidney to Jenny McStoots.
"The business owners, the people, the strangers," said Jenny McStoots. "It just amazed me."
McStoots undergoes dialysis for three hours, three times a week.
“It’s a way of life for me now because I have been on dialysis for so long...I don’t know any other way.”
The community of St. Cloud came together to lend a hand to kidney patient Jenny McStoots.
And the days in between aren’t any better.
“Mondays when she doesn’t do dialysis, she’s very sick. That’s a hard day for her,” said Dion, McStoots' friend.
While she’s been on dialysis for 17 years, that hasn’t stopped her from raising her daughter and getting a GED.
“I do everything I need to do," added McStoots, "It doesn’t hold me down. I just stay positive.”
McStoots went through an unsuccessful kidney transplant back in 2000. With assistance from HelpHOPELive, a non-profit organization, McStoots is now preparing for yet another transplant through UF Health Shands Hospital.
“I am ready for a new change,” said McStoots. This is why local business Donna’s Hideout hosted the "Give a Life Jam" to collect donations for McStoots’ surgery.
McStoots faces several major expenses like traveling to Gainesville to go to Shands, co-pays and medication. All the funds raised will help cover these things.
This new transplant could happen as early as June. McStoots hopes for a second chance at life.
“I want to be normal,” she said.
For more information on how you can donate towards Jenny's cause, click here: https://www.gofundme.com/g4fokk