Cheektowaga woman creates rolling billboard to help save best friend’s life

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Cheektowaga woman is living without two major organs and her best friend has taken up the torch to try to help her.Jessica Frysz on dialysis at a young age

Jessica Frysz, known to her friends as Jessie, was diagnosed with a rare disease when she was 11 months old. As a result, she’s had to go to dialysis for three hours, three times a week, since she was an infant.

Her journey with dialysis may be at the end of its road, that’s why her friend is stepping in.

Mary Larrabee, also of Cheektowaga has created a rolling billboard to try to save her best friend’s life. Her back car window reads, “A+ blood. Best friend needs kidney.”

Frysz told News 4 that getting a kidney is her last shot to survive without dialysis.Jessica Frysz

The 27-year old is living without two kidneys.

She has a rare disease, known as Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. “(It) causes kidney failure, but it also causes problems to any major organs,” Frysz said.

Jessie is in dire need of just one kidney, because her doctor told her she can’t survive much longer on dialysis.

“I’m down to one access which allows me to get to the dialysis machine. If that shuts down, I’m not able to get dialysis and I’m left with… I don’t know,” she said.

Jessie is on a donor list, but nothing has come through. So her best friend has taken matters into her own hands.

So far the rolling billboard on Larrabee’s truck has caught the attention of many people. People have even followed her truck trying to get more information.

Larrabee said more than 6 people have reached out saying they want to get tested, but no one has officially offered to give their kidney yet.

However, Jessie remains optimistic that someone will be a match.

She’s hopeful she and her friend will be able to share more laughs for many years to come. “It would be awesome. It would give me my freedom finally,” Jessie said.

Jessie’s blood type is A positive, so she can accept any A or O blood type. If you are interested in helping her, she can be reached at 716-507-5981.

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