Hello my name is Christopher Williams. I am a 39 year old Hurricane Katrina partial survivor. I describe myself as a partial survivor because Hurricane Katrina completely changed my life, health & overall life expectancy. I was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 17 & due to the events of Katrina; I was denied access to basic medical care for a prolonged period of time, which resulted in some pretty catastrophic effects on my body. One of the many things to affect my body is Kidney failure, in which I am currently awaiting a kidney transplant. I currently take dialysis three times a week in my home state of Atlanta, Ga & I am currently on the transplant list in New Orleans. I am also on the list in Georgia and have been for a total of four years. I was advised that it would help me to try and get on as many lists as possible in other cities and states. Being born and raised in the city of New Orleans and having family and friends still there it only made sense to me. I am currently on there and looks like my chances are much better and faster for a transplant but it comes with a problem. That’s where I need your help. Living in Georgia my insurance would only completely cover a Georgia transplant that from as I was advised may be a while off because of my placement on the list. On the other hand New Orleans is only allowed to take part of my insurance which will leave me with a large portion of payment to try and take care of. That’s meds, cost of living there while recovery, and even parts of the surgery I’m told... moving back to Louisiana would be a option that could help but that as well would cost money that I do not have. I live on a budget monthly and if not for school refunds and my saving method traveling back and forth for testing would not even be an option. To move would take me away from my son who is finally stepping out and becoming the young man that we have been grooming him to be. So at the exact moment moving is not an option. This is a step that is truly hard for me and has always been hard. In my life I have always been the person to help everyone out. I never asked for help with anything. It just was not in my DNA. So this is a true step for me, it comes from always being let down by an absent father whenever I needed. So I am here stepping out on faith and putting my fears in the hands of you all. The people I know and may not know asking, begging , and pleading, but most of all praying that you all can come together to help prolonged a life of a good man that God is working on to make a great man. In a society where men are dying , committing crimes, or in jail, these is one who is trying to live a lot longer to leave his mark on the world in a positive light. Every little bit will help but I am trying to raise enough to be prepared for anything that I may need or come across. Plus doing this in a short time will be hard enough because I’m told that New Orleans will honor the first day I started dialysis as time spent on the list and my blood is a rare type making my list shorter. So I need all your help and I thank you in advance and my family thanks you. May you continue to be blessed in all you do.