Joy Heatherly

First post: Feb 10, 2017 Latest post: Apr 12, 2017
I want to tell you about my mom, Joy Wright Heatherly.  One of the first books my wife and I bought our son was The Giving Tree because we wanted him to know the heritage he comes from – all her life my mother has been that giving tree for those around her.  She spends most of her time between Texas and North Carolina with her eight grandchildren and like the giving tree that’s what makes her happy.  

Last year my mom got a rare infection that chronically reduced her kidney function to the point of needing dialysis or a transplant.  For my mom, who is otherwise in perfect health, it wasn’t the kidney problem that was so crushing, but that her time is now so limited with her grandchildren because of the risk of infection.  My sister and I, and our whole family have tested and none of us are a match to donate.  We are now looking for someone who can be that giving tree for our mom.  

For some reason God created us with an extra kidney and if anyone out there would be willing to see if they are a donation match we would always be grateful.  Joy Heatherly is listed on the National Kidney Transplant waitlist and either O+ or O- blood types can donate.  For those interested you can download the Texas Harris Methodist Hospital Donor Application at and email the completed application to  You do not have to live in Texas to donate.

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