Alabama woman in need of kidney transplant hits billboards

DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) – Betty Jo, better known as Jody Millette, has been fighting the battle against kidney failure for over 6 years now.

“You fight, I’ve fought so hard every day of my life,” Millette said.

She’s endured hundreds of life-saving dialysis treatments over the years, but just recently the doctor gave her the news no one wants to hear: she needs a kidney transplant and she need it now.

“I’m only a candidate for a living donor, so I can’t have a deceased donor,” Millette said. “They say if I don’t have a donor you have to be on the list usually for 7-10 years. Chances are if a donor doesn’t show up, I won’t be so lucky.

After hearing the news, Millette’s family members volunteered to be that donor, but she was unable to find a partner. It was then that she decided to seek help from a wider audience.

The roads where Ross Clark Circle and West Main Street meet in Dothan are among the busiest intersections in the entire city. There is a billboard where Jody Millette took a chance and asked Wiregrass to help her get the kidney she desperately needs.

“I chose the slogan ‘Have a heart, donate a kidney’ hoping someone would have a heart,” Millette said. “I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God has already chosen my donor, they just need to know that I’m ready for this kidney.”

This billboard can be seen all over Wiregrass, including at Dothan, Enterprise, and several other Wiregrass locations. Millette’s hope is that her story will be heard, that her life will be saved and that she will see many years to come.

“I would love to see my daughter, I hope one day to see her kids, my grandson, and be able to travel and be able to do things that I want to do, but you can’t,” Millette said.

If you want to be that life-saving donor, you can call 205-996-2048 or visit UAB Medicine to donate a kidney. And ask how to donate to Betty Jo Millette.


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