Ambassadors

Jeanmarie Ferguson

California

Jeanmarie was diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis when she was 16 years old. At the age of 24 she received a kidney transplant. The gift of life selflessly came from her father. Jeanmarie experienced Acute Cellular Rejection and successfully underwent treatment to save her transplant. Currently she is being treated for Antibody Mediated Rejection with monthly IVIG treatments.  It has been quite the balancing act with Lupus, transplant, medications, doctors, family and friends but she still maintains an active outdoor lifestyle. Jeanmarie loves hiking, traveling, writing and photography and she enjoys bringing the outdoor experience to everyone with her photos. Since the transplant 14 years ago, she found the key to her success has been through a plant-based diet, exercise and positive attitude. It has been challenging for people to understand she does not carry her illness on the outside, but on the inside.  She does not “look” like how she feels. Jeanmarie has a passion for helping others with her extensive knowledge navigating through transplant life.