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Shirley Farquharson

Shirley Farquharson was born in Clarendon, Jamaica, W.I. At the age of 16, she migrated to the U.S., settling in Brooklyn, New York. She later married her husband Donald Farquharson, and had two daughters, Nicole and Natasha. Shirley went on to nursing school and graduated from New York City College of Technology, and earned an Associates degree in nursing. She went on to work at Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Brooklyn, NY. Always striving to further her education, while working full-time at LICH and taking care of her family, she went on to get her Bachelors degree in nursing from The City College of New York in 1983, and later her Masters degree in nursing from SUNY Downstate College of Nursing in Brooklyn, NY.

Shirley rose through the ranks at LICH and since 1986, served as Assistant Head Nurse of the Cardiac Care Unit. She has taken care of tens of thousands of patients over her 38 years of service before retiring in February 2013.

Shirley loves games and is amazing at crossword puzzles, scramble and sudoku. She loves to travel; her favorite vacations have been family cruises around the world. She’s also an avid NY sports fan – she loves basketball, tennis, football and baseball. Besides being loving mother, wife, sister, aunt and friend, she is kind, is the life of the party, and is always trying to help others in need. Shirley has also been an amazing caretaker to tens of thousands of patients.

After retiring in 2013, she was diagnosed with end stage renal disease. Instead of enjoying some well-deserved R&R with friends and family in her retirement, she’s had to be hospitalized, undergo surgery, take numerous daily medications, and undergo daily dialysis, where she is hooked up to a machine that cleans out her blood and removes fluid. Her quality of life has deteriorated immensely however she must go through these measures to sustain her life until she receives the kidney transplant that she desperately needs.

Shirley has spent her life caring for others in need. She’s the one that’s in need of your help now. Please consider being a living donor.

If you or your donor has any questions about living kidney donation please call us at 212-659-8024.

All donors wishing to be screened confidentially are asked to contact Sharyn at kidney4shirley@gmail.com.
The Dennis Bligen Kidney Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in honor of Dennis Bligen, who was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2002.

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