"At 6 weeks of age Belle was diagnosed with a kidney disease called “Congenital Nephrotic Syndrome”. She spent 1 month in the hospital fighting to survive only to come home to a full time nursing staff in our home...7 days a week 7 hours a day. Belle spent almost 6 years hooked to machines in our home. At the age of 6 while visiting the doctor for a routine check up Belle went into full renal failure and needed a kidney transplant to survive. Both of Belle’s parents matched to donate a kidney however at this most critical time of need Belle’s dad was laid off from his employer. Belle’s mom quickly decided to donate her kidney. Belle was hooked to a dialysis machine every evening for 7 hours...she would unhook in the morning and attend first grade. As thankful as were for the dialysis machine it was quite uncomfortable for Belle and required her to adhere to a very restrictive renal diet removing all Belle’s favorite foods from her diet. With the mission to get her off this machine as soon as possible Belle’s mom scheduled the routine donor tests all within a week. The devastating news was revealed that Belle’s mom had invasive breast cancer, two tumors stages 0 and 1. All plans for a kidney transplant had to be put on hold while Belle’s mom underwent aggressive chemo and life saving surgery. Belles dad began testing to donate his kidney all while seeking employment. This was a very difficult time for the family as we were all praying for good outcomes. God never left our side as Belle’s mom finished her treatment, Belle’s dad found a job and passed all required tests to donate. Belle received her dad’s kidney February 24, 2012 and we are happy to report she and dad are doing wonderful. Belle’s mom is currently 3 years in remission and everyone is so thankful for our many answered prayers. Belle has two older brothers who endured the unthinkable watching their mom and sister both fight to survive while praying their dad would find a job, pass all tests to donate and survive this major surgery. These two young men managed to keep their grades up and their attitudes positive through it all. Belle has two heroes for big brothers and without their love and support this journey would have been unbearable. Everything happens for a reason and God is in total control no matter your circumstances. Looking back we are so thankful for the devastating job loss and perfectly timed renal failure for without them both Belle’s mom would not have had the mammogram that ultimately saved her life. Even in our darkest of dark times God never left our side and we are so thankful HE guided our family to the outcome we prayed so hard for."
- The Helton Family