My name is Kenneth March, I am 52 years young and I am writing this letter to ask for help for myself. For those that don’t know I’m in need of a Kidney. My health has been slowly deteriorating and at this point I have been diagnosed with Acute Renal Failure Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Disease. I have not started dialysis yet, but I am on the edge of doing so.
On April 26th of 2019 I was put on the UNC (University of North Carolina Hospitals) Kidney transplant active waiting list with UNOS (The United Network for Organ Sharing)
Getting regular dialysis treatments, usually three times a week for four hours at a time, will help my kidneys do their job and keep me alive, but a transplant would offer me more freedom and the ability to live a longer, healthier, more normal life. A transplant would also give me more time to do the fun things I enjoy most, like spending time with my family and friends.
However, finding a kidney for a transplant is not easy. Just ask the 100,000+ people on the waiting list for a deceased donor kidney like me. Time is not on our side. Some wait for years; many die while waiting. The average wait time is five years or more for a kidney from a deceased donor. However, there is another option: receiving a kidney from a living donor.
Asking a family member or a friend to consider donating a kidney to me is difficult, but it greatly improves my chances of getting a transplant. A living kidney donation typically lasts longer and has better function.
You might not know a lot about living donation – I know I didn’t before kidney disease affected my life. Understandably, some people are afraid about the surgery and what living with one kidney will mean for them. Here’s some basic information about kidney donation:
• You only need one kidney to live a healthy, long life.
• Most donor surgery is done laparoscopically, meaning through tiny incisions.
• The recuperation period is usually fairly quick, generally two weeks.
• The cost of your evaluation and surgery will be covered by my insurance. The hospital can give you extensive information on this.
• You will have a separate team of healthcare professionals to evaluate you as a living donor. Their job is to help you understand the risks and benefits and look out for YOUR best interests.
You can also learn more about living donation on the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) website: www.kidney.org/livingdonation or by contacting the NKF’s free, confidential helpline at 855.NKF.CARES (855.653.2273) or email at [email protected] If you want to talk to someone who’s already donated a kidney, NKF can also help.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. If donating a kidney to me is something you would like to consider, please contact my coordinator Amy Woodard and she would be happy to tell you more about the process of determining if you are a match for me. You can contact Amy Woodard at the UNC transplant center directly at 984-974-7568.
However, I know living donation may not be right for everyone — but you can still help! Consider donating to my fundraiser with Help Hope Live to help with non insurance covered medical expenses. One more thing to consider is being an organ donor after death and also, help me by sharing my story with everyone you know. At the very least I want to bring awareness to kidney disease and living donation. I am hopeful my efforts will help me receive a kidney sooner and encourage others to consider helping the many people on the wait list.
Family and friends of Ken March are raising money for the nonprofit Help Hope Live to fund uninsured medical expenses associated with transplantation.
Ken has chosen to fundraise for Help Hope Live in part because Help Hope Live assures fiscal accountability of funds raised and tax deductibility for contributors. Contributors can be sure donations will be used to pay or reimburse medical and related expenses. To make a tax-deductible donation to this fundraising campaign, click on the Give button.
For more information, please contact Help Hope Live at 800.642.8399.
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