Restoring Hope Transplant House offers a home away from home

MIDDLETON, Wis.–– Au Restore Hope Transplant House in Middleton, Wisconsin, 29-year-old Neil Eldridge waits anxiously to receive his life-saving call.


What do you want to know

  • Restoring Hope Transplant House is a home away from home in Dane County
  • Neil Eldridge, 29, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged 12
  • Eldridge has been on a kidney and pancreas transplant list for four years

“The anticipation is something that I don’t think you can replicate,” said Neil Eldridge.

To pass the time, coloring allows him to put energy towards something other than what he really has in mind: a double transplant.

Neil Eldridge was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 12 years old. For the past four years, he has been on a kidney and pancreas transplant list in his hometown of Rochester, New York.

“Even the doctors there advised me to come here because of the quality of the program at UW,” said Neil Eldridge.

“It’s the first time I’ve been this high on a list,” said Neil Eldridge.

Since arriving in Wisconsin, the Restoring Hope Transplant House, a nonprofit organization in Middleton, has provided her with exactly that: “hope.”

“It’s beautiful what they are doing here. It’s a chance for my second life and without these people it wouldn’t be possible. It makes me grateful for everything that happens there”, said Neil Eldridge .

Her mother is grateful to be by her side every step of the way.

“It brings tears to my eyes that he has to sit on dialysis three days a week. He misses a lot. This sacrifice that we know will bring goodness and happiness to the whole family,” said Kathleen Eldridge.

Since its inception, the Restoring Hope Transplant House has provided a home for families from across the county and around the world. Learn more, here.

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