San Pedro Teen Fighting Rare Kidney Disease To Go To Prom

SAN PEDRO (CBS) — A serious kidney disease has kept a San Pedro teen out of school, but she says it won’t keep her from prom or her graduation.

Kortini Mizuno, 17, was diagnosed with a chronic kidney disease in 2010.

“If I were to have a kidney transplant, it would just transfer to the other kidney. So basically, I can’t do anything about it right now,” said Mizuno.

Due to the disease’s side effects, Mizuno was forced to leave her high school and began home schooling.

“I can be fine one day and in excruciating pain the next hour,” said Mizuno

Since she is home schooled, the teen is allowed to participate in school events, such as prom and graduation. But, Mizuno’s medical bills have left little money for a prom dress and other expenses.

“It’s a lot of money on top of my medical bills and being in the hospital for four months is not cheap,” Mizuno said.

Mizuno says she is trying to raise money to make her prom and graduation dreams come true.

“I just want to see her come down the stairs and be with her friends,” said Colleen Mizuno, Kortini’s mother.

Donations can be made at Chase Bank, 17200 S. Hawthorne Blvd., in Torrance.

  • Samantha

    I have a brand new pink prom dress with tags still on never worn. If you interested i would love to give it to you.

    • Coleen Mizuno

      Thank you so very much for your amazing offer…L:et us get back to you regarding the situation as we are so appreciative of all offers and trying to get back to all personally! Thank you again and we will let you know asap. Offering such a thing to a stranger is so very kind and we are blessed people like you exist!!! Bless you!

  • Liana

    I know someone who can MAKE her DREAM dress for her… please email me…

    • coleen mizuno

      I am sorry for no reply..she got sick and just insane…I thank you so much for an offer of such kindness! If your friend or contact are interested in making a graduation dress, wow that would be amazing too.definately a nessesity but this would be much more smple and not so much work for your friend!!! I was embarassed to ask for such a huge thing for prom.

      Please e-mail mme to my personal account: so we can talk easier. just put kortni’s name in the subject line

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  • Tiffany Fischer

    Hi, my name is Tiffany Fischer and I have cystic fibrosis and am currently ammited at usc university hospital I live in Bakersfield,Ca. I have recevied a double lung transplant and can relate to what you are going through. In Bakersfield,Ca we have a foundation called Give Love, Get Joy Foundation where they give away new and gently used dresses for prom and graduation. Please call 661 633-9016 and they will be able to help you out I bet they can even mail the dress and or dresses you need.

    • COLEEN

      Thank you!!

  • MikeK

    Can’t help regarding a prom dress, but look into a camp called The Painted Turtle. It is a free camp for children with Kidney Disease and Transplant. It is help June 19-24. The website is It will give you an opportunity to be with other kids your age that are going through a similar situation. Hope the prom works out for you!


    I am a Chronic Kidney Disease patient and have been on Hemodialysis for the past

    20+ years

    .Why can she be placed on hemodialysis ?

  • Sandy Keller would like to help. We have jewelry, shoes, prom shawls, purses, garters and more. Please contact us at 310-371-2060 on Monday and ask for Sandy.

    • coleen mizuno


  • Linda

    Is there someplace where we can donate money towards her dress? I’d love to help. Let me know.

    • coleen mizuno

      hi thank you so much for u generous offer. along with the news agencies an account has been opened in my name (kortni mizuno ) specifically for this purpose here is the information
      routing number 322271627
      account number 3000068209
      thank you so much if you would like to send me your address to this privatie email i would like to send out thank you cards for you offer (



    • Coleen

      Please e-mail me when you can to my private e-mail and we can better discuss this!!!

      Thank you so very much for your time and effort for my daughter!!!!! L:ook forward to hearing from you soon!!!

    • coleen

      How do I get in touch with you? I left my e-mail but have not seen a response.. please either e-mail per infomration above or call me 310 819-8056 and leave a message of I do not answer and I will get back to you asap!!

      P.S. I know I am a little late in responding, but unfortunately on Monday morning Kortni had to be rushed via ambulance to the E.R. because of severe pain…while they wanted to admit her she came home 8 hours later and is doing better!!!! she WILL make it to and through all of this!! Thank you for your patience

      Again, thank you so very much!!!!

      Coleen Mizuno

  • Linda

    my daughter has a beautiful red dress she wore last year for prom, and she would love to give this to you if you like. with accessories. we can e-mail you a pic if you like.

  • Steve

    I would love to help. Please contact me at

    • Coleen

      I have sent you an e-mail… Please respond and we will talk from there! Thank you again for your time and care!

  • Denise B

    What day is your prom I would like to help you!! Every lady needs a pedi & mani plus hair do to match the pretty dress! Please email me so I can arrange an appt at my nail shop an hair shop complimentary of OUR FUTURE FAMILY CHILD CARE email address

    • Coleen Mizuno

      AMAZING! Such a girl thing and she loved it! I will definately contact you on Monmday to discuss all of this.

      Thank you again so very much and .bless you!

  • deb benton would be delighted to give you shoes for your dress. Please contact–additionally, if you havn’t yet arranged for a dress we would be pleased to purchase one for you.

    • Coleen

      Hi Deb:

      We will get back to you as soon .as we can and let you know about shoes!!! Since we were not sure about the dress, we are not sure yet about shoes but should very soon! I will get back so you sap and thank you so very much for your time, concern and generousity!!!!!

      Coleen Mizuno e-maol…

  • Artistic Images Photography

    I am very sorry to hear about your medical condition. You are a very beautiful girl and deserve to have a wonderful prom and you will! I am a professional Makeup Artist and Photographer in Huntington Beach and would LOVE to offer my services to you for free if you’d be interested! Denise

    • Coleen Mizuno

      Hello Denise:

      More thank interested!! Kortni was not able to have her senior picture taken due to being in the hospital during that time as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas and New years…She also will not have a picture in her senior yearbook. She would love to have pictures to send out with the Graduation announcements and is excited at the thought of being able to do so!!!!

      We will contact you on Monday and set something up!!
      Thank you agiain

      Coleen Mizuno (and Kortni)

      • Artistic Images Photography

        Hello Coleen, thank you for accepting my offer!
        Please contact me with a date and I would love to set up an appointment to photograph Kortni at her convenience. Denise

  • Duane Fjelstad

    I would like to buy the dress for you. Please let me know who to pay.

    • Coleen mizuno

      I am so very sorry for no response…someone gave out a phone number and things have been crazy..not sure if youa are still interested be we definateley are… much to do for prom and graduation!!!

      Anything woul;d be great!
      Chase and news has set up an account since it’s so close.
      Chase Bank (any bank)
      routing number 322271627
      account number 3000068209
      This can be done anywhere or you can contact me via e-mail, but please put Kortni’s name in subject line si I know it’s about her.

      I truly thank you so very much and again apologze for any delay…..

      Bless You

  • Bob

    My 9 year old daughter, Rachael Ann, has been battling inoperable brain cancer for nearly 4 years. She may not see her own prom. We too have insurance but lost our home. Weve bounced back a bit and Rachael would love,to buy Kortini her dress and shoes.

    • jackie nance

      hi rachael ann and dad bob! what a lovely offer you’ve made to kortni! i hope you dont mind but ive shared both rachael ann and kortni’s stories on my facebook page (“jackie nance”)…and also sent a link to a friends organization…”cranium crusaders for brain cancer”…so they can hear of rachael anns generosity!! will be keeping these two wonderful young girls (and their families) in my thoughts and prayers!

    • MikeK

      Hi Bob,

      I know you posted here There is a camp you may be interested in for your daughter – Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times ( It is a camp for children with cancer and their brothers and sisters. In addition, are you familiar with We Can Pediatric Brain Tumor Network ( They provide information and emotional support to families whose children have brain tumors. We Can also runs family camps for families who have a child with a brain tumor. This way the whole family can be at camp together.

      As Coleen said, for you to be thinking of someone else while going through your own challenges is inspiring. Rachel is lucky to have you for a father!

      Hope this helps!

    • Coleen Mizuno

      Your Story made me cry. For a family to think of another in such times as yours is so very touching. Of sourse help is always needed, but please take care of your baby girl first and formeost and tell her that both the wishes of Rachell Ann and yourselves bring such joy to our hearts. That alone is more than a dress (don’t get me wrong it’s an amazing offer) could ever mean!!! How amazing are you guys to offfer such a gift!!! I believe in pay it forward and I pray that with this offer will come a miracle for your daughter!! Thank you so very much and I truly pray all will be there for her PROM!! please keep me updated if you feel that is ok…my e-maill is

      Bless you for your kindness!!!
      Coleen Mizuno

      • Bob


        “Pay It Forward” was required viewing for my preteens turning mouthy. My oldest is now 18 (plus two 16’s and Rachael at age 9.) I cry every time I watch it and frankly was in tears when I called the studio. As in Luke 12:48 “To those who much is given, much is asked.” Please just let us know what Kortini needs and we will do what we can to make it happen. You have so many offers you decide what is needed. I am a single parent caring for Rachael and I KNOW exactly where you are at in mind, body and spirit. I also can guess where Kortini is with such a strong spirit – just like Rachael. We’re here for your family just as so many have been here for us.

        Bob & Rachael Ricci
        Running Springs, CA

  • Jerry and Lynn Guzzetta

    It seems you have enough dresses, so let me know what else you need. Our kids are all grown up and my wife and I would love to help.

    • Coleen

      We have an account set up especially fior this purpose, it was set up with myself and the tv stations…
      A deposit in Kortni’s name can be made at any Chase bank:
      Routing number 322271627
      Acct.#: 3000068209

      Since we are in need of many different things from prom to fraduation and even basic graduation announcements and pictures as she was sick and never took a senior picture, her picture will not even show in her yearbook, we could use any help to get some of these processes done also as she would love to take pictures to send within announcements, We would both greatly apprectiate it….
      Chase Bank
      Kortni Mizuno (strange spelling I know)
      Routing #: 322271627
      Account #: 3000068209

      Again Thank you for your response and if possible I wqould greatly appreciat an e-mail to personally connect with you and or get an address to send a thank you to you. My private e-mail is :

      Thank you again so very much!
      Coleen Mizuno

      • Artistic Images Photography

        Hello Coleen and Kortni, My offer to you for professional photography is open to you whenever you are ready. I wish you the best prom ever! Let us know when we can help! Denise

  • Faith Young

    It would be my honor to pay for dinner, for you and your date. You pick the place. May God embrace you and all who love you, gently within His arms as you travel on your journey. I will keep all of you in my thoughts & prayers.
    With Love, Faith

    • Coleen Mizuno

      Dear Faith:

      Okay perfect name….I have always believed, but life has been tough, but I have to say your words ring so very true and since this has all happened and I have embraced just a bit more that I have and my fammily (daughter) too has been blessed!. Not sure yet where for Kortni as we werent sure if she would make it due to the situation…..At this point we can take a few options.. I wanted to reply to you asap so you wouldn’t think we were not responding or being lack at the kindness we harecieved…
      We do have an account set up through Chase Bank specifically for this purpose:

      Routoing number 322271627
      Account #: 3000068209 and a deposit can be made at any chase bank as long as you include her name (spelled funny) Kortni Mizuno along with account number. Or you can contact me via e-mail and possibly work something out once all is firgured out….my e-mail: (please note, 1 “L” in my name lol.

      Thank you so very much and hope to speak with you soon! Also I am trying to get e-mails or addresses of those whom help to send Thank You cards, as I understand what a blessing this all is!
      Thank you again,
      Coleen Mizuno

      • coleenmizuno

        I am not sure if you dontated, if so please let me know so i can thank you personally via my personal e-mail….PLEASE E-MAIL ME ON MY PRIVATE ACCOUNT: I am trying to thank all privately for any and all help and concern!!!

  • ronnie

    i will lite to help u i live in harbor city nearby let me know how can i send or give money to u im going true the same thing doing dialysis i know how hard is on those bills let me know hope it all goes good for u and u can have fun at the prom

    • Coleen Mizuno

      WOW, Bless you for writing with your own situation!!! What kind words from one who knows! As a mom, I too think she can have fun at Prom!!! Now that I believe she will be able to go due to all this loving and caring response!

      Any help is of course appreciated especially from someone whom really understands!
      Donatioons can be made into an account set up for this situation especially via Kortnia nd news teams:
      Chase bank (any branch)
      Kortni Mizuno
      Routing #: 322271627
      Account # 3000068209

      This goes directly into this special saving account and will be used for these purposes! Good luick to you and God speed for you to stay healthy!

      Coleen Mizuno

      • coleen mizuno

        please also leave me a personal e-mail to my private e-mail so I can personally thank you for anything you may do:

  • dee

    It seems you have quite a few wanting to take care of your dress but want to send a little something to help you and towards whatever else you need. God bless you and keep you in His arms.

    • coleen mizuno

      Thank you so very much for your beautiful comments…It would help so very much for all expenses and those that weren’t even spoken about…So much goes into medical and of course her dreams of prom and walking in graduations as she missed her entire senior year…..She’s been a trooper but so much wants to to all stated above, yet also wants to become a nurse and go to community college to start that dream if God is willing…Unfortunately she may have lost out on scholarship situations due to not being involved in sports or attending her senior year but anyting will help her dream come true….

      Chase Bank (Any Branch)
      Kortni Mizuno (weird spelling I know)
      Routing #: 322271627
      Account # : 3000068209

      Thank you so very much for ANYTHING you can do and please also send me an e-mail to my personal acount so I may contact or send you a “Thanlk You” card! This is very important to me:

      Thank you agaon and bless you so very much

      Coleen Mizuno

  • Kurt

    CBS should set up the fund and any overflow should go to the next person who asks. As I see on her there are some foundations and people who pool resources for these situations and events. I’ll donate to that Give Love/Get Joy location and then can help this young lady or the next one in line that didnt get on tv. However it is good she got on tv, as it woke us all up to the need !!!!

    • Coleen Mizuno

      Thank you so very much for your comments!! True ithis situation woke me up also!! Yes it seems there may be an overflow, but trust me also that she has been in this fight for over a year, but of course the focus was on her “dreams of prom and graduation” I spent 3.5 months with her every night in hospital as she had her appendix removed, then her gallbladder, then a bio duct surgery due to septic problems and also a seizure or two following the proceedure.. She is still fighting everyday as I understand many are, but as of Monday last week, we were at Childrens Hospital L.A with specialists for absolute ongoing treatment. It’s far from over, but I understand that as the piece aired the prom and graduation were to focus….Please understand I take this all very seriously and am happy you will donate to the cause stated above!! I don’t wish this on anyone, person or parent, trust me,. But please understand her care is ongoing, but as a parent you want your childs wishes to come true when they fight like she did to make itr out of the hospital , missing her senior year year but hopefully making it to prom and graduation.
      Thank you for your information on other donation site and bless you for your response.

      Coleen Mizuno

  • Jennifer

    I was the Chair of the Board of a non-profit in Hawaii that does this type of work – we give prom dresses to teens in need. In LA, there is a similar non-profit that does the same thing called LA Prom Closet. Their information is here: Please contact them, I’m sure they can help. Praying for your health and recovery. Aloha.

    • Coleen

      Thank you so very much for your information!! It’s a great thing that you indeed helped with this previously and are now helping my daughter and others know about this amazing site!!

      Coleen Mizunio

  • Michael Glueck

    My wife and I would like to pay for a prom dress of your choice. No one should miss prom.

    We admire your faith and courage.

    Please contact us immediately at

  • Cynthia

    To coleen & kortni!
    May God watch over you & all your close loved ones as well as all those who have this disease. Many times we teenagers take life/blessings from up above for granted, but when we here actual touching real life stories. They get to us.. Make us simple & kind able to love & care for those in need of strength. So I send all my love & care to Kortni, wishing her 2 of the best days of her life! God bless her & protect her & keep her from all negative energy. Glad to know there are still kind & thoughtful ppl out there, may God bless you all as well. :)

    • Coleen

      I know how late this is… I am so sorry!!! Things went amazing for kortni for Prom..THANK YOU to you and THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who helped this happen!

      I am so sorry for the delay in response but my phone was turned off as well as internet due to financial issues…sorry, but Kortni and her Prom, 18th Birthday and her GRADUATION, yes she did it!!!! seemed to take priority. I know it’s rude and selflish but i took care of her first and now I look horrble for no response! She was very sick last night, which means E.
      ER. mosty likely tomrorrow as I just keep her at home as long as I can before sendng her.
      Thank you again for your amazing thoughts!!!!! Bless you!!

  • Ali Dominguez

    Hi Coleen,

    A friend of mine just told me about your situation. I would gladly help you! I am a make-up artist and would love to do your make-up for your special day. I hope I have contacted you in time ;)

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