Monday, November 30, 2015


I am taking it day by day trying to stay alive until that day comes when the two of us meet. Hopefully, that day will be soon.My blood type is O+.

Dear Donor:

 I am taking it day by day trying to stay alive until that day comes when the two of us meet. Hopefully that day will be soon because I am literally in the fight of my life as I wrestle against chronic kidney disease (CKD) which has now progressed to kidney failure. Three days a week I go to dialysis, but I have to deal with the consequences of the treatment for seven days a week. At this stage there are no other choices, it’s either I take dialysis treatments or I receive a transplant. As a man who fixes things, I admit that this is a problem which I have not been able to fix. I worry about my wife to whom I’ve been married for 35 years. She is a good wife and I love her. She is also an exceptional person who donated a kidney and saved the life of someone else. She’s living healthy and we are both hoping that what she did for someone else will be done for me. I have been seeking a donor for four years. This is why I have decided to set up this page. I wanted to share my story here hoping to connect with that special person who will save my life. My kidneys were removed due to the damage from polycystic kidney disease (PKD). It’s impossible for me to express how much I would appreciate your help. With your help my health will be restored and I can begin doing the things I used to do in my community like volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. Like I said previously, for over 25 years I’ve been in the carpentry industry; I fix things, but what I need most today is to be fixed myself. Will you help me? Please!

 There is a wonderful phenomenon happening in the kidney community called living donation. My wife is an example of what that means. She and thousands like her decided to accept the medical evidence showing that human beings can live their full life span with only one healthy kidney therefore making living donation an option. She saved someone’s life when she chose to donate her kidney. I cannot tell you how grateful I would be to receive a message from you here on my page. Please leave a message of encouragement and possibility. Leave a message saying "YES" you will be my donor. The medical procedure is safe. You can donate to me and live a healthy life span. This community has over 100,000 people on the transplant list. So many people are in need of help. The kind of help that can only come from some loving, courageous person who often times we do not even know. Yet, somehow the person shows up at the right time, and I want you to know that I am running out of time, so please come now.

 My blood type is O+ and I am listed at the University of Vermont Health Care Center in Burlington.



Sunday, November 29, 2015


Will you help me? My blood type is B+ and I am listed at Albany Medical Center Transplant Center.

Dear Donor:

 I cared for so many people over the years as a nurse and now it is time for me to tend to my illness which is chronic kidney disease (CKD). All the encouraging words I uttered to others as they tried to get well, I am whispering to myself like, “you will be fine in time;” “don’t worry, everything is going to be okay” and “stay strong.” As much as words can improve the condition of the mind to create an environment where healing can flourish, it is equally important to get the treatments right. My treatments are dialysis. They are given several times per week for several hours each time. They are wearing me down and I am honestly concerned that if I have to do this much longer it will wear me out. The problem is that when you experience kidney failure nothing can be done to rejuvenate its function, therefore all you have to hope for is that you will be granted a transplant. I’ve been hoping and praying that I will get the call saying a donor has been found, but it has been years and no call has come to me. Part of the problem is that I am just a number on a list, a mere name who lingers there month after month. Nobody there knows that I have two of the most wonderful sons in the world who need me still or that I am a 54 year old former nurse. If I could practice nursing right now, I would. In a heartbeat I would go back to the way life was for me before CKD came crashing into my world. They don’t know that I suffered with hypertension, preeclampsia and glomera nephritis when I was pregnant and that is how my kidneys were damaged. To them I am one cell in a very large grid. That is why I have decided to take my chances and come to you directly through this page. I want to ask you personally to be my donor. Please take a moment of your time to leave me a message. I would LOVE to talk to you. I would LOVE to learn about you. I would LOVE to know that somebody out there sees me and knows that I have so much left to give.

 There are happier days ahead in this battle because people are now waking up to the fact that the medical and scientific evidence is resoundingly clear when it states that human beings can live their full lifespans with only one healthy kidney. That bit of information has been a big motivator of thousands of people who have become living donors. These people stepped up and saved the lives of people they loved and in some cases of people they had never met rather than see them die. I am searching for my living donor. I am dying to meet him/her – LITERALLY, dying to meet him/her. I need that special donor to help me restore my health and receive true healing from CKD. Will you help me?

 My blood type is B+ and I am listed at Albany Medical Center Transplant Center.

 Very Kindly Yours,


Friday, November 27, 2015


It’s a gift few can give.
“It’s out there,” Amanda Weber says. “We just gotta find it.”
Weber is searching for a new kidney for her son, Preston Tinter.
At 12 years old, Preston looks half his age. He stands just four feet tall.
Other children his age “have 12 inches on him,” Weber says.
Preston’s development was stunted before he was even born. He stopped growing in the womb; forcing doctors to induce labor six weeks early.
His kidneys failed right away.
After 14 months of dialysis, Weber was able to donate one of her kidneys.
“We went really great for about five to six years and then things started to take a turn for the worse,” Weber said.
Urinary tract infections destroyed Preston’s bladder, which had also never fully developed.
Preston’s body can no longer support the donated kidney. “It loses steam every year,” Weber said.
Learn more about Preston here.
Doctors performed bladder reconstruction surgery this fall. It means Preston will never be able to use the bathroom. A catheter drains his surgically created stoma every three hours.
“It’s forever,” Weber said. She tears up talking about the basic functions her son has lost.
But the bladder reconstruction will hopefully prepare Preston for another kidney donation.
I helped him once,“ Weber said. "I can’t again.”
There are more than 100,000 people nationwide on the waiting list for kidney donations, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. In Minnesota, 2,276 people are waiting for a kidney donor.
Pediatric organ failure is rare. Children between the ages 11-16 make up less than one-percent of the waiting list.
Preston, who was not expected to live past his first birthday, has a slimmer chance than most of finding a donor. He’ll only match about three percent of the country.
“That’s devastating,” Weber said.
Their best hope is finding a living donor, which can shorten the waiting time. The University of Minnesota Medical Center boasts of being the world leader in  living donor transplantation  , having performed 4,000 such transplants.
But the number of living donations in the state is trending down. In 2015, 193 people donated an organ in Minnesota, the lowest amount in twenty years, according to data compiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Weber blames a lack of awareness. “I think people are almost afraid.”
She won’t stop searching for the gift only a few can give.
“If I could I would, but now my job as a mother is to find that kidney for him no matter what it takes.”

Thursday, November 26, 2015

I just started a new page for my friend Chris. Please visit the page, hit the like button, leave Chris a word of encouragement, and share, share, share the page! Let's make this a great page on FB!