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James was diagnosed in January 2018 with ANCA vasculitis. This rare disease damaged his kidneys, and he was hospitalized for 10 days. He was on dialysis three times a week and was unable to work for several months. His kidneys seemed to improve for a while and then their function declined again due to the buildup of scar tissue. His kidney function slowly decreased until May 2020 when he was hospitalized again and put back on dialysis. He has recently taken time off from work again and begun training to do home hemodialysis five times a week. He is also currently awaiting a kidney transplant.

James is a high school social studies teacher with a wife, two young children, and three furbabies. He looks forward to regaining his energy to keep up with them all!

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January 11, 2021

Carolyn Deneau

Suzannah Deneau

January 10, 2021

Just here to help out a friend that couldn't donate yet

Deshon Smith

January 9, 2021

"Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike." - Teddy Roosevelt

Anonymous

December 8, 2020

I am so sorry you are going through this Jim. Sending you so much love. Your Battle, Anna

Anna Buitendorp