Media Coverage

Media Coverage
7/1/2016 Talk Radio 102.3 FM

When Parents Have Faith, GODwinks

by SQuire Rushnell

Gaither Homecoming Magazine

Family Learns to Dance in the Rain

by Dr. Nell Mohney

Jada Daves is tall and blond and beautiful. She also is an impressive Christian motivational speaker.

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Family's Love Supports Chattanooga Two-year-old in Fight Against Kidney Disease

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Video: Shafer's Family Learns to Live in the Moment

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Family to Enjoy Christmas with God's Miracle

Baptist & Reflector

Daves family rallies for Shafer

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Mom gives life to son twice

Cleveland Daily Banner
8/5/2011 Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Days of Miracle and Wonder

Shafer Daves needed a kidney, his mom was a match. The story of the life-saving transplant.

House Organ Magazine - Vanderbilt University Medical Center
7/11/2011 Siblings of sick kids need their own care USA Today

Siblings of sick kids need their own TLC

Medical providers address fears of 'forgotten' children

The Tennessean
7/6/2011 Doctors Stunned at Daves' Progress Polk County News
6/30/2011 Daves Kidney Donation Complete Polk County News
6/22/2011 WKRN-TV2 Nashville

Operation Lets Mom Give Son Life For Second Time

20-month-old has rare kidney disorder

The Tennessean
6/13/2011 WPIX - New York
6/6/2011 WRCB-TV3 Chattanooga

Audio Segment featuring Jada Daves

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95.3 FM - Chattanooga
5/30/2011 Mother To Donate Kidney To Young Son--Child Currently Living With No Kidneys WSMV-TV4 Nashville
5/29/2011 Mother's 'fight for my baby' Chattanooga Times Free Press
5/25/2011 Zaxby’s Raising Funds for Local 1-year-old on May 31 Chattanooga Times Free Press
5/25/2011 Mother Approved as Organ Donor for her Child Cleveland Daily Banner
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mother's Day is going to be special a Mother's Day this year for a family who's spent the better part of the last 18 months at Vanderbilt's Children's Hospital in Nashville. Next month, Jada Daves will donate a kidney to her 18-month-old son to save his life. "It's our best chance," she told Nashville's News 2. "We may have 20 years on this kidney, if everything goes, well and then he'll need a second transplant and my oldest children are already saying, 'Mommy, in 15 to 20 years, we'll be old enough to donate.'"

Daves' son, Shafer, was born with Denys-Drash Syndrome, a very rare illness. Since 1967, doctors say there have been only 200 known cases in the world. "It comes with kidney failure [and] Wilms' tumor, which is cancer of the kidney," Daves explained. "We were in a race. Will the kidneys fail first or will he have the presentation of cancer." Shafer's kidneys failed on his first birthday, forcing doctors to remove them, and he has been on dialysis 11 hours a day ever since.

However, on June 6, the blue-eyed-boy will get a new kidney in a rare transplant from his mother. "In my evaluation process, I had to see a social worker and they had to talk to me about the risk involved," Daves said. "It's minimal but they have to talk to you about the 'D' word." Still, Daves says the surgery is worth the risk. "God is in this. This is supernatural," she said. "This is miraculous, so that's one for the medical books. This is the happiest I have ever been on Mother's Day. This will be a very happy Mother's Day because I've been chosen to care for baby Shafer."

Shafer has already undergone six surgeries and the cost of a transplant is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. A Web site and fund has been set up to help meet the costs involved in the treatment and care.

WKRN-TV2 Nashville

Fred the Show - Audio Segment featuring Jada Daves and Dr. Deanna Duncan

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102.3 FM - Chattanooga
5/5/2011 WRCB-TV3 Chattanooga
4/21/2011 Kidney Transplant Brings Hope to Family Polk County News
11/15/2010 Celebrity Waiter Event Held Polk County News

Rascal Flatts Visits Vanderbilt Children's Hospital

Shafer just happened to be in the middle of a 6-week stay at the hospital when Rascal Flatts made a surprise visit during Halloween. Jada and Shafer got to be a part of the festivities, and they were shown three times during the 2-minute video.

10/19/2010 Baby With Rare Kidney Disease Defies Odds Chattanooga Times Free Press
9/26/2010 Benefit For Infant Shafer Daves Is Oct. 7 Cleveland Daily Banner