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Our Story

Keona Shearer, aka Keke, was born on May 19th 2004, alongside her twin sister Elliona.  Heart breaking news came fast as we found out her sister Elliona had a heart defect and was rushed away to the ICU and then sent to St. Vincent's hospital. After two open heart surgeries, her sister passed away at 3 months old. Keona survived only to get severely sick at 8 months old.

BREAKING NEWS! To learn if you might be a candidate to donate a kidney for Keke, click HERE. The Living Kidney Donation page on the IU Health website provides resources and information on becoming a living donor. AND now, you can follow KEKE'S JOURNEY on Facebook at

Her getting sick caused severe damage to both her kidneys. We were rushed to Riley's Children Hospital Where we spent the next 3 months waiting for Keona to get better, but she never fully recovered. We were trained to do Peritoneal Dialysis at home and had to schedule our lives around her treatments 4 time...



Follow Keke's Journey on Facebook

Response to the September 23 feature on Keke’s challenge, called Searching for Help, presented by WPTA Evening News, has been phenomenal. Our family is deeply touched by the expressions of support and the inquiries into a Living Kidney Donation. Continue Reading »

Are you a compatible donor? FIND OUT HERE!

If you would like to learn whether you might be a compatible donor for a Kidney for Keke, simply visit the Living Kidney Donation page on the IU Health website. You'll find extensive resources about living donations as well as a Donor Evaluation Continue Reading »

WPTA21.COM features KEKE!!

WPTA (Channel 21) Evening News ran a feature story about Keke on Monday, September 23. The feature explains the difficulty Keke has had finding a kidney. The family is extremely greatful to Kaitlyn Kendall for getting the story onto the airwaves. Continue Reading »

Building Campaign Momentum

The campaign to help support COTA in honor of Keke as she awaits her kidney transplant is gaining momentum, thanks in part to an article posted on the IN Fort Wayne website. Written by the great folks at COTA, the article describes Keke's journey so Continue Reading »


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No Kidney from Old Men

At age 71, I've heard a lot about human organ transplants all my life. I was just out of high school when a doctor in South Africa transplanted a human heart into another human in 1967; and it’s a nearly routine procedure now. I even read the Continue Reading »

Keke's Incredible Artwork

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Keke and Friends

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