About My Family...
I have a small but very loving family. My family means the world to me and I know I mean the world to them. I have a terrific and supportive wife, Heather. We have been together over 24 years. And, I have an eight year old daughter. To say we are close would be an understatement. One of the things we share together is a love for her gymnastics. I am very proud of her and look forward to watching her continue to excel in the gym as she grows up.
Due to this disease my extended family is now much smaller. I only have one sister and one cousin left. Thankfully, they are healthy. My cousin has PKD but was fortunate enough to receive a living donor kidney and is now living an active and healthy life.
Like my cousin, a kidney transplant from a living donor will give me the best chance of enjoying a long, active life with my family.
A Final Thought...
This is very real for me. It has to do with my quality of life and possible death. Over 100,000 Americans are waiting for a kidney transplant, with only about 19,000 transplants performed each year. Last year alone, nearly 4,000 Americans died while awaiting a kidney transplant. Transplantation is the best therapy for those suffering from complete kidney failure and there is a desperate shortage of available organs. With the help of those willing to get tested as a match for me, I can be one of the lucky ones who gets a new healthy kidney.
Thank you for your interest in my story and learning about kidney donation.