In an effort to save her mom's life, a Colorado woman is raising $3 million for a bionic kidney


"On January 20, thousands of people in Denver marched for women’s health, rights and equality. Some marched for immigration and DACA, while others for inclusiveness and diversity. Whatever the reason, women and men came to march for what they believed in and for the change they wanted to affect. For another woman in the crowd that day, she marched for an entirely different reason: her mom’s kidney. 

The Problem

"Marlow Hoffman walked around the Civic Center holding a sign that read 'Share Your Spare. My mom needs a kidney.' Hoffman’s mom, Barbara Hoffman, has struggled with kidney issues for the past 38 years. 'I was hospitalized during my pregnancy with Marlow and had to have a cesarian section and early delivery—not because she was in trouble, but because my kidneys were compromised,' recalled Barbara. In 2009, Barbara was diagnosed with septicemia — a bloodstream infection caused by a bacterial infection elsewhere in the body that then enters the blood. In 2013, her name was added to the national transplant list and by 2015, she began peritoneal dialysis.'

"Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is intended to replace as many functions of the failing kidney as possible but ultimately can’t treat or cure the kidney disease. More than 661,000 Americans have kidney failure. Of these, 468,000 individuals are on dialysis and roughly 115,012 people are on the transplant list. Life expectancy on dialysis varies, but the average is five to 10 years. 'Dialysis is something that I’m grateful for in the sense that it is keeping my mom alive right now,' said Marlow. 'Without it, she would be dead. So in that respect, it’s a really great thing but it’s a band-aid at best. It’s a short-term, high cost, temporary solution.'"

Read the full article in 303 Magazine.
By Katie Boudreau, February 13, 2018