Clayton State University student Rosalynn Gresham needs a kidney transplant to win her battle against Lupus. And while that may make her unique among the Clayton State student body, she is hardly the only person who needs that kind of help.
On Wednesday, Apr. 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Main Street on the second floor of the James M. Baker University Center, Clayton State Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Sarah Stein will be leading an information event to raise awareness about Gresham’s condition and provide information needed to begin the testing process to be a donor. It’s an opportunity to get the word out on how people can get tested as a match for Gresham (or anyone else needing a transplant.)
Stein has been involved with Gresham’s struggle since last fall, when the Hampton, Ga., native was a student in one of her criminal justice classes. Gresham was diagnosed with lupus at the age of 17, and has battled the disease and its effects for half of her 34 years. As a result, she has been on dialysis since January 2012, alternating her time between the classroom and the hospital.
"She's extremely bright, she's extremely driven to do what she wants to do, and she has a zest for life that is unbelievable,” says Stein, who at age 29 is actually younger than her student. "I at least wanted to give her that hope that someone out there is trying, and I hope other people will try as well."
Although Gresham’s story was originally told by 11Alive in September 2012, like so many others, she is still in need of a transplant. Undaunted, she continues in her classes art Clayton State, and is also taking steps on her own. She recently set up a website (http://www.giveforward.com/newlifenewbeginnings
) for the purpose of fundraising and to raise awareness for people to get tested to see if they are a match in what has become a very real quest for a dream made real.