Wayne Clayton

Loving husband, step-

father and grandfather




Dear Friend,

What if you were living on borrowed time?

                 Wayne Clayton is awaiting a new lease on life. He has battled Crohn’s disease since 2004, which led to the removal of his colon, and he was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2015. Doctors now say a kidney transplant is critical. Sadly, Wayne has faced more than his fair share of medical crises. In addition to these issues, he has suffered from thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, a blood condition that led to pancreatitis, and MRSA, a rare bacterial infection caused by staph. Not only have these health problems been financially draining, but they have almost cost him his life, as well.

                This has been a difficult time for Wayne, as he’s not able to be as involved with family activities as he’d like, but he is thankful for the love and support of his wife, Rickilynn, his step-sons, grandchildren and loved ones. He has always loved auto racing, but his illness currently prevents him from being active in the sport. He looks forward to the transplant that will decrease his medications, doctors’ and hospital visits. But right now, he needs your help.

Unfortunately, Wayne’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.

The average kidney transplant costs approximately $335,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, which will cover the cost of the transplant, he faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.

Because Wayne must travel 200 miles from his home to the transplant center for evaluations and doctors’ appointments, he incurs substantial travel expenses for each trip.

What if your life depended on the compassion and generosity of others?

The National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) is working with volunteers and supporters to help relieve the growing burden of expenses for Wayne. NFT has been assisting transplant patients with fundraising support for more than 30 years. Your gift—of $25, $50, $100 or more—will enable NFT to provide Wayne with the financial support he desperately needs.

You can help in the following ways:

  • Send a tax-deductible donation via check or credit card. Please make your check payable to NFT South Carolina Transplant Fund. Remember to write “in honor of Wayne Clayton” on the memo line.
  • Visit http://give.transplants.org/goto/WayneClayton to make a secure online donation.

If you have any questions about NFT, feel free to contact the staff at 800-489-3863.

Many Thanks!



P.S. What if Wayne were your husband? Your father? Your best friend?