Chase Cunningham

As Interviewed by Hays Turner, March 21, 2018
"My first outing was to go to Baskin Robbins and have a scoop of chocolate peanut butter ice cream and not have to worry about taking an insulin shot after or testing my blood sugar, and that was really my first introduction to what life would be like."
Chase Cunningham

Introductory Profile: About Chase Cunningham

I interviewed my first cousin once-removed, Chase Cunningham. Chase was born on December 14, 1975 and grew up in St. Francisville, Louisiana. She went to high school at West Feliciana High, and graduated college at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she majored in interdisciplinary studies.

Since the age of nine, Chase had been living with juvenile diabetes, and in November 2010, she learned that she had stage four kidney failure. She was forced to start dialysis, which is a very straining, restrictive medical treatment. She soon applied for a kidney and pancreas transplant, so that she would not have to continue the dialysis treatment, and also so that her diabetes would be cured. At 1:30 in the morning on February 6, 2012, she learned that she would be a candidate for a potential transplant, and later that day was told that she was the best candidate out of three for the transplant. After her surgery and recovery, Chase competed in the Transplant Games in Houston in 2014, where she swam the 50 meter freestyle, the 50 meter breaststroke, and walked the 5k. She now lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi with her husband and humongous cat.