KANSAS CITY, Mo. - You've seen plenty of yard signs for sales or campaigns, but one Missouri woman is using a yard sign to campaign for the fight of her life.
Amy Staples isn't worried about aging.
"Every birthday is great," she smiled. Every year is a blessing. She's battling Polycystic Kidney Disease. It destroyed her kidneys and they had to be removed. She has been on dialysis for more than a decade. She spends more than forty hours a week at home in a chair hooked up to her large dialysis machine.
"I consider it a full-time job," Amy said, shaking her head. She'd rather be working, but she recently had to stop working full time. Her condition just doesn't allow a lot of physical labor. The genetic disease has already killed her two sisters and one brother while they were waiting for a transplant on dialysis just like Amy.
She makes the two-hour drive to Kansas City with her husband regularly for pain management treatment. Between her type O blood, and complications from a blood infection, she is an incredibly difficult match for a donor. That's part of the reason she has been waiting so long, when the average wait time in our area is about two years.
About a year ago, Amy decided enough was enough and put a large painted sign in her front yard declaring her need for a kidney donor. She says hundreds, about three people a day, stop to take pictures. Only about ten of them have called. No one yet has been a donor, but Amy remains hopeful. She just needs one.
"Life is amazing and I want to be able to continue to live with my children and grandchildren and loving, supporting husband," she said.
Amy also needs to raise money. If she did get a transplant, she would have to pay for housing while she stayed close to her KC hospital for several weeks after the surgery.