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My wife Lori Lidestri, has been waiting 10 years for a life-saving kidney transplant. Through the Living Donor Kidney Exchange Program, Lori will be receiving the gift of life – a kidney from another donor, and I will be donating one of my kidneys to give another person a chance for a full life. This will all take place at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.

Lori was diagnosed at the age of 23 with Chronic Kidney Failure and began dialysis. Since then, she has had several transplants, one lasting for 15 years. She is presently doing hemodialysis at the hospital three times per week. We have been married for 19 years and I can’t imagine my life without her. She is a loving wife, daughter-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, and good friend to many.

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October 23, 2017

All of the generous donations are able to be used at NYU Langone as well.

October 23, 2017

Just want to give anyone who might be checking my site an update. Rob and I are now listed with NYU Langone in NYC. We switched from John Hopkins in Baltimore because in the past year, the main transplant surgeon, Dr. Montgomery and his assistant surgeon along with several other people on their transplant team transferred to NYU. Hopefully, an opportunity we come available soon. In the meantime, I am still going to my hemodialysis treatments three days per week. I am happy to have a couple free days per week - especially the weekends!

Thank everyone for your continued thoughts and prayers

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June 10, 2018

Just jumped in FB. Saw Lori was going through this. Haven’t seen in over 35 years. Sending prayers and thoughts. Always a friendly face that I enjoyed seeing back in the day.

Best of luck / stay strong.


Jon Zendell

October 25, 2016

God bless you both! You're a beautiful and inspiring couple and you will remain in my prayers. xo

Lisa Marie Juceam

October 12, 2016

You are always in my thoughts and prayers, love you