Shierling was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2007. Dialysis is keeping him alive. He’s been on dialysis for a year. The average life expectancy on dialysis is between five to eight years.
“When you first find out, you have to deal emotionally with it and so I had a little bit of depression the first part of the year as I coped with the situation and then I decided that I just had to choose to live my life everyday and just be excited for what I’ve got and to fight back,” Shierling said.
Shierling organized a Monopoly charity tournament to raise money for a kidney transplant. John Mitchell played in that tournament, but he had never met Shierling beforehand. He saw Shierling’s story online and drove seven and a half hours from North Carolina to show his support.
“It is important to me because as I’ve said I’ve seen the effects of kidney disease on family members and friends and I just want to be a part,” Michell said.
Shielrling received local support, too.
“For as much as Allen has going on, it’s really amazing how he still spends time with his friends and helps other people,” said close friend Randy Carpenter.
The surgery costs over $200,000. Shierling’s goal is to raise a minimum of $50,000.