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Tunisia’s Testimony of Triumph

By Floyd Miller



Mark 5:34 – “And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.” Tunisia Morean Jordan Cunningham needs a kidney transplant. She first became ill in 1994 as a senior in high school. Following a series of doctor visits and tests, she was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythemasosus in January of 1995. SLE attacked her kidney and she was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2000. Over the years, this disease has caused an unpredictable roller coaster ride with her health. {{more}}Despite the health struggles, Tunisia proudly graduated from high school with honors and was set to begin the next phase of her life. She enrolled at The University of Texas at Arlington to be close to family and friends in Abilene, TX. It took everything she had to overcome the major complications that occurred with her illness, and she refused to allow anything to get in her way. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Speech and minoring in English in May of 1999.Upon graduation, her condition improved enough for her to begin a career in teaching. She taught high school speech for 6 years at Garland High school, and 1 year of English and Speech at Dallas Carter High School. Over time, her condition continued to worsen. Finally, after an extended hospitalization and the worsening of her health because of the progressive kidney disease, she resigned from teaching in 2007. Tunisia, not willing to just sit around and do nothing, decided to follow a dream of becoming a wedding planner. She went back to a school that met once a week and received her certification as a wedding consultant. Tunisia is the proud owner of Dignified Weddings. However, she has not been able to service clients due to her declining health. She plans to return to this profession once she has had her transplant. On July 17, 2007, Tunisia married her husband, Billy J. Cunningham II. God sent her a companion to go through this journey with her. Every day they battle renal failure together! He holds her hand through dialysis treatments, and every sickness or pain she feels at any hour of day or night. Tunisia was placed on the transplant waiting list earlier this year. Her husband was tested and was on track to be a complete match until further tests discovered that he was born with only one kidney and no one, not even his mother knew. Her Aunt also went through donor testing and was a match, but further tests concluded that her kidney wouldn’t be best for her in the long run. We are back at square one but our faith assures us that her blessing is on the way. Tunisia’s trials have been hard to bear, but she knows she’s not bearing them alone. She has tremendous faith and she knows that God still heals! At 33, she still has many things in life she wants to accomplish for herself and with her husband. Becoming parents is a top priority if God blesses in that way. To make it to this point, she has had support and prayers of friends and family. Now we need donations. Tunisia is a fun-loving, creative, talented, loyal, and giving person. She wants people to know they are remembered during whatever season of their lives and because of this attitude, she manages to touch so many. Please take a moment to remember her now. To offset Tunisia’s uninsured costs, family and friends have started a fundraising campaign through the National Transplant Assistance Fund . NTAF is a non-profit organization that has been assisting the transplant community for over 25 years. All contributions are administered by NTAF exclusively for un-insured transplant-related expenses. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. To make a charitable donation:Make checks payable to: NTAF South-Central Kidney Transplant FundNote in memo section: In Honor of Tunisia Cunningham Send to: National Transplant Assistance Fund 150 N.Radnor Chester Rd., Suite F-120 Radnor, PA 19087 To make a credit card contribution, call 1-800-642-8399 or visit www.transplantfund.orgWe need all the help we can get and remember no donation is too small! Please contact one of us listed below to volunteer or offer fundraising ideas. Together we can make a difference to assist Tunisia and her family during this difficult time. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.Billy J. Cunningham II 214)405-5639 Rev. Eddie Jordan or Casandra 676-0018/668-3215 Willette Totten 718-3280 Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law. This campaign is administered by the National Transplant Assistance Fund, a 501 nonprofit providing fundraising assistance to transplant and catastrophic injury patients. Information: 800-642-8399.

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