Helping One of Our Own

Aug 1, 2017

Of course, Pasadena, Altadena, and the environs are large enough that we can’t know everyone, but this area often feels like a village rather than a city (cities), especially when we’re out with friends like Ann Erdman, Vicki Laidig, and Peggy Sue Davis who seem to know someone—or someone x 2 or 3—everywhere we go.

That being said, we’ve come to know another wonderful woman during our time publishing Hometown Pasadena and this is Karol Franks. Hopefully, you’ve been enjoying Karol’s photography in HP’s “Photo Op” because she has an expert eye. She shoots, also, the annual photographs for Showcase House of Design.

Since we’ve been sharing Karol’s photos, we’ve also been sharing the story of her daughter Jenna who has been waiting for a kidney. She’s had her first kidney transplant, but for these the last 5 years, Jenna has been on daily dialysis, unable to miss even one day.

We’re delighted to report that through a “swap” program, Jenna finally received a kidney. Her surgery was last week and she is now up and walking (slowly).

Karol has set up a Go Fund Me page to help with co-pays, deductibles, and expensive anti-rejection pills that Jenna will have to take the rest of her life. Of a $25,000 goal, half has been pledged. We’re hoping that as a community we might come together with $10 here and $25 there to help Karol and Jenna get over the finish line. Having to face financial stress during such a time and in the months ahead during recovery, well, we all might know or remember how that feels: awful. Let’s take one worry off of Karol and Jenna’s plate. What do you say?

Thank you for your consideration; we’re truly grateful.

To donate, please visit


Jenna getting some fresh air outside UCLA Medical Plaza where she’s received a “new” kidney; photo by Karol Franks.


If you haven’t before, enjoy Karol’s photography:
Flourishing & Skies
5 Years, 2 Months, 8 Days
Colors Divine
Iconic Pasadena
Winter to Spring
Karol Franks Photography
Waters Here & There
Temecula Balloon Festival
Lavender Festival
Colored Skies, Public Art & Spineless Cactus
Karol’s Frame of Mind

Want more? Check out Karol’s work on Flickr here.



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