Only you can make a difference in my brother’s life and be his hero. As his sister, I know that Gene does not want to go on dialysis, ever. We both watched our father, Gene Sr., deteriorate and wither away under a false pretense that dialysis was the only path for him. Please help save my brother’s life and change the course of our family’s tragic misfortune of having polycystic kidney disease (PKD) affecting multiple generations. My brother is determined to make it easier for people facing kidney failure to search for living donors, find these heroes, and avoid dialysis or death. Please help my brother. We need a hero.
So I am ready to be a hero and donate my extra kidney to Gene. What is the next step?
To find out if you’re a match for Gene, the physician will ask a series of screening questions, which may include:
Do you have or have you ever had any of the following:
Diabetes, cancer, heart disease, lung disease, hypertension, gout, overweight, or a smoker?
Unfortunately, if you answered yes to any of these medical conditions, you likely would not be able to move onto formal medical screening as those are disqualifiers. However, you do have a powerful voice and network of friends and family, and we ask that you share Gene’s story to help identify a kidney donor. In this way, you can still be a hero for Gene.
If you are in good overall health and would like to donate a life-giving kidney to Gene, please provide your contact information.
Not a match?
You can donate a life-giving kidney to Gene even if your kidney does not match his blood type O.
A kidney swap or what is commonly known as a paired exchange allows the donor to donate a kidney not directly to Gene but to someone else that needs a kidney who is a match and that recipient’s kidney donor would donate a kidney to Gene. The paired exchange program has been extremely successful in matching many kidney donors and recipients.
Some hospitals allow for kidney donation even where the blood type is not a match, this depends on the transplant center.
Either way good news is if you are not a direct match but want to donate a life giving kidney to Gene you can still be his hero!