My name is Barry Estep. I am a husband, father, grandfather, devout Christian & community servant. I have been a southeast Tennessee resident since the early 1970’s. Currently, I reside in Athens, TN with my wife Janie. We are members of Pope Avenue Baptist Church where I oversee the sound system for all services & special events. In 2016 I began my journey of kidney dialysis due to a diagnosis of poly cystic kidneys. At this point in time, both kidneys are affected by this disorder. Currently I am scheduled for both kidneys to be removed on January 17, 2020. Ideally we hope that a donor can be located before the surgery & immediately following the removal, the transplant can take place. However, there is a possibility that the removal will take place without a matching donor, in which case dialysis would continue until one could be located. My family & I would greatly appreciate any assistance & or prayers that you could offer at this time.
The following factors will disqualify an individual from being a living kidney donor;
– History of chronic or multiple kidney stones
– Uncontrolled high blood pressure
– Heart Bypass or Heart Stent
– Current Cancer Diagnosis
January 7, 2020
Barry, you and Janie are in our prayers daily.