News and Updates

Below is a list of recent news related to Nicole's Health

Nicole had her Surgery last Tuesday

Hello everyone, We are so thankful to all of you who have donated, share posts and checked in with is. Nicole had her Surgery last Tuesday. Both she and donor are doing well and at home recovering. It's been amazing to see this journey thru and see both doing so well. We love and appreciate each of you for your kindness and support of Nicole this past year. Please feel free to reach out and stay in touch. Blessings to everyone. Jacquelin Santiago and the Santiago family.

Surgery has been Scheduled

"Hi Friends and Family, I wanted to give you all an update on my kidney surgery. I received good news yesterday that my donor has agreed to move the surgery to September 1st. I'm nervous and grateful to have this opportunity. Thank you God and my angel (kidney donor). Lou Vic Santiago and I will keep you posted on how it goes once its complete. Please keep us in your prayers. Thank you Peeps for your love and support. ~Nico "


"Hi Friends and Family, I wanted to give you all an update on my search for a kidney donor and let you know that I FOUND A DONOR! I was informed by my coordinator that they found a match and surgery is scheduled for November. I don't know who the donor is. I'll keep you updated as the surgery gets closer. Thank you for all of your support with sharing my posts and donating to my Gonfundme for the billboards as well as the positive thoughts. Special thanks to Jacquelin Santiago for all of your...

Kidney For Nicole S Event at Honey Butter Cafe!

Honey Butter Cafe will be hosting an event with extended hours on Wednesday, March 17th from 3:00pm to 7:00pm to raise awareness for kidney donation and support my search for a kidney donor. The exclusive night will have a special menu and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to my cause. We will practice social distancing and masks are required. I hope to see you there! Address: 7221 S 76th St. Franklin, WI 53132  

We have billboards and publicity on the news!

Thank you everyone for all of the monetary donations to our GoFundMe. We were able to rent digital billboards through Lamar. They have graciously put me on 14 billboards across Milwaukee and 1 in Sheboygan for the next 4 weeks! I was also featured on new stories on Channel 12, Channel 58, and Telemundo in regards to my search for a kidney donor. We have a few inquiries on how to be a kidney donor and what the process entails but as of today no match yet. Nicole Santiago

Who can become a kidney donor?

Donating a Kidney A living donor needs to be: In good general health. Free from diseases that can damage the organs, such as diabetes, uncontrolled high blood pressure, or cancer. At least 18 years old, typically. More information For more information on becoming a kidney donor, see: Transweb at National Kidney Foundation at American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) at United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) at...

What Live Kidney Donors Can Expect

Once testing is completed and an individual is accepted as a living kidney donor with a compatible recipient, a surgery date will be set. A team of experts in kidney donor care provide all aspects of care, before, during and after surgery. Laparoscopic Kidney Donation Surgery Living kidney donation, or nephrectomy, is a major surgery, but recent medical advancements make it possible to minimize the impact on the donor. The surgery generally lasts two to three hours while the patient is asleep...

GoFundMe | Organized

I am the Aunt of Nicole, my family and I would like to raise money to advertise on a billboard or/and city buses to find our niece a kidney donor. She is amazing, sweet, kind, non-judging with the largest heart of Gold of anyone I know. She is a young mother & wife (married to my nephew). She is. Love by many. She often says how she hopes to be here when her son is grown and married. She lost her mom a few years ago and her father is elder and she helps care for her father who lives in...

Kidney Transplant Awareness Telethon

The House of Freestyle present | Kidney Transplant Awareness Telethon We recently had a transplant awareness telethon on 102.5FM The Pulse MKE Radio Milwaukee to bring awareness to kidney donation. We had some great guests which included a multi transplant recipient and her donor. They gave us insight on the process and what to expect before, during, and after the transplant process. Below is the article from the news paper that was published as well as some behind the seen pictures of the...

Consider Being a Living Donor

Living kidney donation is an immeasurable gift. To the recipient, their donor will always be a hero. Deceased donation rates continue at about the same pace as in the last 10 years, but the number of people who need a transplant continues to grow. Living donation is the best way to save more lives and our options program means a living donor can save one life, or several.

Polycystic Kidney Disease

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is an inherited disorder in which clusters of cysts develop primarily within your kidneys, learn more about here…

Froedert Kidney Program

It only takes a few simple steps to learn more about becoming a live kidney transplant donor.

UW Health Kidney Donation

Introduction to Living Kidney Donation, read more here.


My aunt Jacquelin has started a GoFundMe so we can raise funds to rent a billboard in hopes to find a live kidney donor and cover any medical expenses for the potential kidney donor.

Consider being a Living Donor

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