Denison woman battles rare disease, needs kidney transplant

HOWE, Tex. (KXII) - A Denison woman is in the search for a kidney donor as she battles a rare autoimmune disease.

"I was on a horse before I could walk and having them on this journey has given me the strength to keep going," Kala Miller said.

Miller said when she was first diagnosed, she wasn't sure if she'd ever be able to ride horses again.

In June 2018, the 22-year-old found out she had Goodpasture syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease that attacks the lungs and kidneys.

"Yes it's an obstacle in my course but I also look at it as the Lord put this in my path to make me stronger," Miller said.

But now she's back to doing what she loves, riding horses.

Miller said she has to be on dialysis for 16 hours a day, and she couldn't do it without support from her friends and family.

"I can't get rid of any toxins without dialysis and if I go a day without dialysis, I could die," Miller said.

Her grandmother, Karen Harrison, said it's affected every part of their daily life.

"The way we eat, the way we get up, go to bed because she has to be on dialysis all night, you can't skip it so you know everything that you do is around kidney disease," Harrison said.

Miller said there's one thing that could help her, a kidney donation.

She's working on getting on the transplant list, which requires lots of testing and expenses.

"It would take me off of dialysis and give me a good 15 plus years without dialysis, which would increase my school and enjoying more of my life," Miller said.

Harrison said they've been back and forth to Dallas, and have accumulated hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills.

Miller said her friend is planning a fundraiser for February 22 at Lucky 7 Stables in Howe, where all of the proceeds will go toward her medical expenses.

She has a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/donate/1117701011955083/) where people can donate, and find more information on the upcoming fundraiser.