The Austin family came into the CORE family in the summer of 2018. Cornelius, a server at Houlihan’s in Fort Worth, Texas, had end stage renal failure and needed a kidney transplant. For almost 3 years, while he waited for a transplant, he attended dialysis 3 times a week for 4 hours.

In June of 2018 there was a complication during a simple procedure on his parathyroid that landed him in a medically induced coma for a full week. It was a scary time for the family and they weren’t sure if he was going to make it. All of this affected the Austin family in so many ways and their lives were flipped upside down while they found ways to make it all work since Cornelius had been the main
provider for the family financially.

Although this was incredibly trying on the family, it also bonded them all very deeply. As Shannon told us, “We encourage each other to be open with our feelings and have learned how important we all are. Plus, my kids have gotten to see firsthand the kindness of friends, family, and strangers. We are always trying to find ways to give back all the kindness that has been shown to us and I know these
lessons will stay with my kids forever.”CORE helped the Austin family with their utility bills, transportation costs, groceries, and an experience for the
family in Galveston. Almost 8 months after the Austins came into the CORE
family, Cornelius received his kidney on February 6, 2019.

We couldn’t be more excited for him and his family!

Rodney Allen

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