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The Beccky Johns Kidney Discovery Fund

Beccky Johns with Billy the Kidney Beccky's family with the hosts of Reno Rumble Beccky's family before Reno Rumble renovations Beccky's family before Reno Rumble renovations The wonderful Beccky Johns The Reno Rumble team

Donate to the Beccky Johns Kidney Discovery Fund

In honour of Beccky, who was supported by Kidney Health Australia’s programs, and in her later years joined our organisation as an official staff member, a research fund has been set up in her name to discover non-cancer inducing anti-rejection drugs for kidney transplant patients.

Donate to the ‘Beccky Johns Kidney Discovery Fund’. To discuss how you can further support this research program, please contact fundraising@kidney.org.au.

Kidney Health Research Walk for Beccky Johns

Join our kidney health community on Sunday 13 November as we walk together in memory of Beccky Johns, a much loved member of the Bendigo and Kidney Health communities. Beccky sadly passed away in November 2015 due to complications associated with kidney disease.

This Kidney Health Research Walk will bring together family, friends, colleagues and members of the Bendigo community to honour Beccky's memory and raise awareness for a cause she was truly passionate about; kidney health research. Proceeds from the day will go towards the Beccky Johns Kidney Discovery Fund.

Visit the Bendigo research walk event page for more information, and to register. 

If you cant join this walk you can still support the event through sponsoring a team here.

The Beccky Johns Kidney Discovery Fund

In honour of the late Beccky Johns, Kidney Health Australia, has established a research fund to discover non-cancer inducing anti-rejection drugs for kidney transplant patients.

A former ‘Kidney Kid’, Beccky benefited from Kidney Health Australia’s programs as a child and young adult, and in her later years volunteered with the organisation before joining the team as an official staff member.

Beccky passed away in late November 2015 – nine weeks after she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system – and just two days after her 23rd birthday.

Born with infantile polycystic kidney disease, Beccky received two kidney transplants in her short life; one in 2004 donated by her dad, Paul, which lasted four years, and the second from her mum, Sue, in 2010. Sadly, it was the anti-rejection medication she had been taking for these kidney transplants that triggered her cancer.

The Beccky Johns Kidney Discovery Fund has been established under the Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Kidney Research Foundation, specifically to discover non-cancer inducing anti-rejection drugs for kidney transplant patients.

Kidney Health Australia hopes that transplant patients and their families will one day be able to celebrate the new lease on life that kidney transplants enable, without worrying about the potentially damaging side effects of transplant medications.

To discuss how else you can support this research program, please contact fundraising@kidney.org.au.

 Reno Rumble gives to Beccky’s family

Tears were flowing when Bendigo locals, Sue and Paul Johns received the phone call that their house had been chosen to be a part of the popular Australian television series Reno Rumble, which airs on the Nine Network. Their beloved 1920s weatherboard home was in no doubt in need of a refresh, but it was the timing of receiving that call that blew them away.

“Only two days prior we had our daughter, Beccky’s, funeral; she passed away from cancer which was caused by the medication she had to take after receiving a kidney transplant. Beccky had battled kidney disease her whole life and endured two kidney transplants, but at the time this all happened she was living a happy and healthy life. She fought so hard, but our beautiful Beccky was gone within weeks and it was simply heartbreaking,” Sue said.

Beccky was a fan of The Block and, whilst in the Alfred Hospital battling cancer, she had a chance meeting with contestants Dean and Shay at a nearby café. The couple, touched by Beccky’s story, felt compelled to call their good friend Scott Cam, in the hope that something could be done. Sadly, Beccky passed away last November, only two days after her 23rd birthday, and never got to see what came from that chance meeting in the café.

Since hearing that their house had been selected, Sue, Paul, and their 20 year old daughter, Tara, have been on an incredible journey adjusting to a life without Beccky and their family home being renovated by the contestants on Reno Rumble.

“We have so many memories in our home, especially memories of our daughter Beccky, including everything in her bedroom. It was nerve wracking giving Reno Rumble control over our home, but we were fans of the show and had seen their work before.” Paul said. 

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