Patty is a Founding Member of the Board of Directors of The Turek Aubert Memorial Scholarship. Her sons John and Donald both suffer from Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). Her sons were young children when their fraternal grandmother was diagnosed with PKD. The family didn't know much about the disease, but it soon became clear it could be passed through generations.
Several years later their worst fears were realized when their father, Chuck was diagnosed with PKD and eventually so were Donald, Johnny and their stepsister, Angie.
Patty's background follows, but she considers her greatest achievement to be their mother.
Throughout her career, she served for years as Cost Control Manager and Field Engineer for a major electrical contractor. Following, she held the office of Vice President for a major golf course developer. She recently semi-retired and resides in Surfside Beach, South Carolina.
Many of you may have heard that my son, Johnny received a kidney transplant nearly eight weeks ago. It seems hard to believe those weeks have so quickly passed. However nothing is hard to believe anymore, because when a miracle like this happens, everything else seems possible.
I was able to be with Johnny in Denver for his surgery and stayed four weeks while he recovered.
I am so happy and grateful to report he is doing very well, feeling better each day, back to work and learning what a “normal” life without dialysis means.
We understand the donor was a male in his 40s and suffered a heart attack. We don’t yet know the family and hope we will someday have the opportunity. But how do you say thank you? Words cannot possibly express my gratitude for giving my son a second chance. I hope that in their grief and darkest sorrow they know their son, brother, husband, or friend lives on through others who will think of him each day with eternal love.