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Derek Needs Your Support!

Derek Avillanoza is a 54 year-old man with end stage renal disease. His kidneys failed 3 ½ years ago and since then Derek has been completely dependent on dialysis treatments 3 days a week. Dialysis is a life sustaining procedure but Derek’s only chance to return to good health is a kidney transplant. There are not many transplant centers in California, and there are long lists of people waiting to receive a kidney. The wait for a deceased donor can be 8-10 years in the Los Angeles area. Unfortunately many people do not receive one, because they body undergoes much stress with dialysis, and complications can result.

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April 7, 2015

Derek received his transplant in February after he and his wife participated in a kidney swap with another couple. They used HelpHOPELive funds to cover the cost of their temporary relocation, travel and lodging pre- and post-transplant.

November 12, 2014

As many of you know, I was scheduled for a kidney transplant in early November, when I was to receive a kidney from Cindy. We had a setback on Friday, Nov. 7; we were told by the "UC-Davis" transplant center that our operation for Nov. 10 has been canceled, due too my body developing "Anti-bodies". We did our final "Blood" work on Thursday, Nov. 6th, where they actually mixed our blood together, and the results indicated that my body would reject my wife's kidney. Why they would tell me this, at the "11th hour" is beyond me. Needless to say, we are very devastated. I will stay on the "Cadaver List" and hope for a match. Cindy and I are also considering, to be put on the "Swap/Pairing" list. I will keep you posted. Mahalo Derek

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June 28, 2020

Hi Derek,

My son Derrick Grimm is on here.

I was looking up random pages on this site to see what other people’s pages looked like.

How are you doing? Were you able to to have the transplant?


Shelby Berry

March 11, 2016

Will keep you and your family in thought as you move through this challenge.


November 6, 2014

Derek, Darrell and I are praying for you, Lee and the doctors. God's got your back! Stay strong! Hopefully, we will see you at the upcoming Fiesta Bowl. :)

~Darrell and Jackie Parkin