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East Texans help radio personality needing double organ transplant

TYLER, Texas (KETK) - An East Texas radio personality is preparing to have both a kidney and pancreas transplant.

Blanca Ruiz, also known as "Blanquita la Potranquita," is a well known radio personality in Tyler for Mega 93.3 FM

"I love my job," Ruiz says. "I love the people! They show their love to you and towards you. It's just amazing."

Ruiz is originally from Chihuahua, Mexico but immigrated to the United States with her family when she was just a toddler.  She is a proud John Tyler High School graduate. Ruiz has been on the air for 17 years in East Texas and helped grow the local Spanish radio market. 

"She was one of our first hires," Benny Springer, General Manager for The Blaze 102.7/106.9 and Mega 93.3 says. "She has been in the business for a longtime and really brought the listeners to us."

Ruiz has lived her entire life with health complications. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was just nine years old. The disease has taken a toll on her organs, and she is in desperate need of a kidney transplant. 

"I will be having a kidney transplant very very soon," Ruiz says. "My kidneys right now are at 14 percent."

Her doctors are also giving her a pancreas transplant at the same time. 

"That way I can stop being a diabetic with a new pancreas and my kidney will last longer."

The transplant comes in at a total cost of $500,000! Ruiz, a single mother, has to pay a $50,000 deductible. Earlier this year, several East Texas radio stations came together to hold a big fundraising event. They were able to raise $20,000.

"We are still needing at least $30,000 more for the insurance," Ruiz says.

Despite having health problems, she remains positive. 

"I'm smiling because God is big. He is everything to me. The community of East Texas is helping me so much."

Ruiz will have the surgery in less than two weeks. If you would like to donate money click here. You can follow her journey on the East Texas Unido por la Potranquita Facebook page.


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