Craft sale to help kidney patient

SCIPIO — A Jennings County woman is seeking help from her neighbors as she prepares for her second kidney transplant in seven years.

Krishna Marcoux, a Scipio resident, currently is on the kidney transplant waiting list in Indianapolis and in Des Moines, Iowa.

Although her insurance will cover her medical expenses, Marcoux said once she gets the call that it is her turn for a transplant, she and her family will not be able to return to their Scipio residence for at least a month. To help cover her travel expenses, she is holding a craft vendor fair starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

As of Tuesday, 12 vendors were signed up to participate in Marcoux’s fundraising fair, but she hoped to have 25 vendors each paying $25 to participate, raising $625 toward her transplant-related travel expenses. Only the money raised through vendor participation fees will be put toward those expenses, Marcoux said.

Marcoux’s need for a transplant comes after her initial transplant in 2009, which was spurred by her 1999 diagnosis of end-stage renal disease and her 2007 diagnosis of thyroid cancer.

The transplant was successful for five years until 2014, when her kidney failed again, one week after her foster child underwent a kidney transplant. Marcoux said the child was assigned to her family because of her own transplant experience.

“It sounds crazy, but I believe (my kidney) lasted just long enough to get our child back to health,” Marcoux said in an email to Republic. “It is hard to imagine, but we had me with a failing kidney in Indianapolis and our child with a brand new kidney waiting to come home in Louisville simultaneously.”

This time, Marcoux put herself on the transplant waiting list in both Indianapolis and Des Moines because the wait time in Iowa is significantly less than it is in Indiana, she said. She spent Wednesday and Thursday of this week in Iowa completing testing to be officially included on the Des Moines list.

Although she does not yet know when she will get her second transplant, Marcoux said she is working to raise the money now so that she will be prepared to act as soon as she gets the call.

If you go

Jennings County craft fair fundraiser

  • When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday
  • Where: Scipio – Geneva Township Fire Department, 6815 N. 575 West, Scipio
  • What: Craft fair benefiting Krishna Marcoux’s kidney transplant
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Olivia Covington is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at ocovington@therepublic.com or 812-379-5712.