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Medina woman on mission to help save lives

Sheri Beck-Eyssen (Source: WOIO) Sheri Beck-Eyssen (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

"I envisioned that I would probably have a short life span," Sheri Beck-Eyssen said.    

Sheri Beck-Eyssen, 44, is a survivor. She was born with one kidney, and when she was 16 years old, she was diagnosed with polycystic
kidney disease, a genetic disease where cysts grow within the kidney walls, eventually resulting in kidney failure. 

Sheri's father was also diagnosed with PKD.

Nearly six years ago, a life-changing moment for Sheri when a family friend donated a kidney.

"It's such a selfless act of kindness and such a beautiful thing when people go to donate,” says Sheri Beck-Eyssen.

One year after receiving a transplant, Sheri got married.

Before, and even after her life-changing transplant, she's made it her mission to educate others about the benefits of being a donor. Sheri now serves
on the board of the Kidney Foundation of Ohio and has been on several fundraising committees.

"I'm here to just spread the word to say there's so much beauty to live your life to the fullest extent. You can be off of dialysis,”
explains Sheri Beck-Eyssen.
 
This weekend she will be among hundreds attending the Kidney Foundation of Ohio Gala in Cleveland. The event helps raise money for patients
in 32-counties in Northeast Ohio.  The cost for patients on dialysis premiums alone range from the hundreds to the thousands every month.

An expense that can be overwhelming.

For Sheri it's about living each day to the fullest and helping others along the way.
 
"Here I am today and living my life, working and having a career that I adore and being dedicated to the Kidney Foundation,” says Sheri
Beck-Eyssen.

At last year's gala, nearly $150,000 was raised.

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