Aubree Burton, 16, seeks kidney donor

Submitted photo/Aubree Burton
Aubree Burton, a student at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School, hopes she will soon find a kidney donor.

CAMBRIDGE — A local girl needs help from her neighbors as she seeks a kidney donor.
Aubree Burton, 16, saw her life change overnight in early December. Not feeling well, she went to her regular physician, who ran some tests that revealed abnormal kidney function.

“She was admitted on Dec. 7” to University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, her mother Kathy Katulis said in a conversation with the Banner on Jan. 7. Further tests determined the troubling news: she was in end-stage kidney failure.

That meant Aubree, who is a junior at C-SD, where she is active in the color guard, had to make choices regarding her treatment. She decided to receive dialysis three times a week, at DaVita in Cambridge.
But now for the good news: This is a place where people pull together.

A live donor questionnaire has been posted online by the hospital, where those interested in offering a kidney can submit personal information. Doctors then review it, and if a possible match is found, further tests are conducted.
The questionnaire has attracted quite a bit of attention.
“The community has been very good about sending it in,” Ms. Katulis said. “The lady [at the hospital] said they hadn’t seen that many responses for one person in a long time.”
Aubree’s doctor tells her that after a successful transplant, she will be able to resume her normal life, while keeping up with medications and lab work. In the meantime, there are other ways to support the family.
Traveling, overnight hotel stays, gas, food, and missed time at work can put a heavy strain on a family focusing on the care of a loved one. “It gets quite expensive really fast,” Ms. Katulis said.

On Thursday, there will be a pit beef or turkey fundraiser, with food prepared by local caterer Jamie Petrides. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until sold out, at the corner of Rt. 50 and Maryland Avenue in Cambridge. Price will be $9 for a sandwich, chips and drink. Helpers will deliver for five or more prepaid orders, with information needed by Jan. 11.

For prepaid orders, call 410-463-3096, or email kjfoxwell@hotmail.com.
Donation jars have been placed at businesses around the county. At gofundme has been set up, at gofundme.com/f/help-aubree-burton.

There is also a savings account at Hebron Bank at the corner of Routes 50 and 16 in Cambridge, where donors can deposit funds to be used only for Aubree’s treatment.
The account, Ms. Katulis said, is in her name. If a donor gives by check, Aubree’s name can be written on the memo line.

As the search continues, Aubree’s spirits remain good, her mother said, buoyed by the support of friends who know her well and neighbors who have never met her.
“That’s Dorchester County,” Ms. Katulis said.

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