In 1993, at the age of 16, I was nearing renal failure and in need of a kidney transplant. I was fortunate enough that my father, Andrew, was a compatible donor and he donated one of his kidneys to me.
This gift from Dad is what has enabled me to live the life I always dreamed of. It allowed me to live a “normal” life. That was nearly 24 years ago. Sometimes it feels like yesterday. Sometimes it feels like another lifetime.
I am now in need of a new kidney. The first transplant has served me incredibly well, but it appears to be nearing the end of its lifespan. I am looking for a living donor. I am currently on the waiting list for a cadaver kidney, and the expected wait is many, many years. Without a donated kidney, I will need to go on dialysis and the quality of life as I know it will diminish significantly.
Here is the good news: People only need one kidney to survive and live a normal life. It is a relatively low-risk endeavor for the donor. Donors go on to live completely normal lives after donation (like my dad, who resumed a completely normal life after donation, and is currently spending four hours a week on the tennis court as he nears age 70!).
I am currently being seen by the renowned transplant team at the NYU Langone Medical Center. In addition, I have teamed with an organization called Renewal, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those with kidney failure find a compatible live kidney donor. Their experience is that there are many altruistic, spiritual, and charitable people out there who would consider helping spread the word–or donating a kidney themselves. Renewal “holds the hand” of kidney donors throughout the entire process and offers guidance and support without any pressure. They also can put you in touch with many others who have become involved or donated themselves and are willing to share the experience. It is truly the gift of life.
If you, or someone you know, are interested in finding out more, please contact Renewal directly at R2179@renewal.org (my personal reference number) or call them at 718-431-9831 and refer to R2179. All calls are strictly confidential and all medical costs are covered by the recipient’s insurance. Ancillary costs may be covered by Renewal. I encourage you to reach out discover for yourself the amazing work they do.
Please help me spread the word. That’s all I can ask, and it is that important! With your help, I know I will come through this process better, stronger, faster. Thank you for your time and attention.