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Allergy has kidney transplant patient, family seeking help


NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Life for Brianna and the Palmer family hasn't always been easy since a mid-summer kidney transplant. The Nicholasville girl had the life-saving surgery after her step-father turned out to be a match, something the family called their miracle considering the longshot odds. Since then, Brianna has had some struggles with her health, as she is still recovering.

"She feels nauseous, she can't walk, she feels light headed," described Shawna Palmer, Brianna's mother.

That's only when the 14 year old gets sick, and lately she only gets sick when she's at home.

"She's had medicine issues basically," started the girl's mother, "they develop allergies when their (immune system) is suppressed that they don't normally have."

The family investigated the cause of Brianna's allergies and Palmer said they started changing everything from soaps and shampoos, to the fragrances they wore, but nothing worked. The family would travel to the Ronald McDonald house for treatment, and they would notice Brianna's symptoms would immediately begin to clear. However, the moment they'd return home the problems would return.

"I just realized: carpeting," recalled Shawna, who turned to some online research.

She learned that carpet, no matter how clean you get it, can trap and hold fibers and hair. It appeared to the family that this was the problem. The solution appeared to be an overhaul of the floors, which can prove to be costly. The mom was encouraged to turn to a familiar site for help: Wish Upon A Hero.

"I'm on all the time trying to grant wishes myself," she said.

This site allows anyone to go online and post a wish or help others in need by simply granting a wish, no matter how big or small. Palmer, a little more than a year ago, first posted her wish to find a donor for her daughter.

Now, the founder reached out to the family and urged them to post their wish for new hard wood laminate flooring.

"I said, 'Now, you realize this is a big wish.' He said, 'Just post it, let's see what happens,'" said Palmer.

Before long the Palmer family's wish came true, and that's thanks to some help both near and far.

"Dave, the founder, saw the wish and he asked me, 'Monica, can you help out? Can you make some calls?'" said Wish Ambassador Monica Fioretti over the phone, from New Jersey.

So Fioretti reached out and landed a big wish.

"I finally contacted the local Lowe's and they stepped right in and they donated all of the flooring."

"The next thing I know someone is coming out to measure," added Palmer, "and now I have a pallet full of flooring supplies in my garage."

Palmer said the family received the padding that goes under the flooring, the molding for the walls, and even enough material to floor the first and second stories of their town home.

"It was amazing! I didn't know really how to thank them," reacted Palmer.

Now for the rest of the wish, someone who's able to install the flooring. Fioretti said the job would need a licensed professional, and that if someone were to donate their time and efforts to the Palmer family that the Wish Upon a Hero Foundation would be able to give them a tax write off for their work.


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