Deciding to donate a kidney is a big decision with priceless benefits to your recipient. The team at Kidney Solutions can help you understand the kidney donation process. Should you decide to donate your kidney, we will be with you every step of the way.
If you would like to learn more about possibly becoming a kidney donor, we are here to help make the process as easy as possible. Give us a call. We can answer your questions and connect you with other living donors. When you’re ready, the first step is to determine your eligibility to become a donor.
When Maria Apilo was pregnant with her youngest son, it was discovered that she was in the beginning stages of kidney failure. She did everything in her power to avoid a life on dialysis. She changed her diet, her lifestyle, and hung onto her faith more than ever, but kidney disease aggressively made its way into her life and six months ago she started dialysis. Maria works full-time and three days out of the work week she travels over an hour to her dialysis clinic for treatment. Maria and her husband Rey, are asking you to please help her find a living kidney donor.
Transplant recipients generally live twice as long as those who stay on dialysis and transplant recipients are not restricted by the challenging routine of dialysis therapy. These factors and the quality of life improvements lead many people to seek transplants.
Jeff Harris has been on dialysis for 11 years and is in need of a lifesaving kidney transplant. Jeff served our nation in the military for 22 years and is the proud father of three children. He is a firm believer in paying it forward since his retirement from civil service. Through faith Jeff stays healthy both mentally and physically. Jeff is registered at Baylor Scott & White in Temple, TX: 254-724-8912
A compatible living donor must:
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Be in excellent overall health.
- Have above average kidney function.
- Have a willingness to help.
We can’t imagine how Jessica Contreras does it most days, being a single mom, working full-time, and doing peritoneal dialysis every night. Her two precious children (Imani and King) keep her very busy, so for them and for a better healthier life she is avidly searching for a living kidney donor. Please help her! Be a Kidney Donor!
Medical advances and drugs have made it much easier for someone to be a compatible donor. In the past, living donors needed to be a close relative. Now, it’s more common that a living donor is not related to their recipient.
Brittany Du is 22 years old, vibrant, and funny. Every night Brittany does dialysis at home, called peritoneal dialysis. Brittany works part-time at her church which she says is her happy home. She loves God and loves sharing His message. “My future plan is to be equipped for transplant, then go back to serving God. I will continue to use my God-given gifts of teaching His children and serving at church through different ministries.”
A living donor does not have to be a blood relative. A spouse, friend, coworker or anyone who is willing to help may be eligible to donate.
Greg Spells is the proud father to four children, two step children and two grandchildren. He has been on peritoneal dialysis for over four years now and is in need of a life saving kidney transplant. Even though dialysis leaves Greg drained and exhausted, he continues to work full-time and keeps a positive attitude about his kidney disease and feels it has only made him stronger in his faith and in God. If you would like more information on being a hero to Greg and his family please contact us.
Steve Bundage has been on dialysis for 4 years and prays everyday for a life saving kidney. He has worked so hard to stay healthy while on dialysis. Steve is one of the most kind people you could meet and so we, along with Steve hope you would consider being his hero.
Michael Montecinos is a retired gourmet chef, cancer survivor, loving husband for 34 yrs. and a God fearing man. He survived with one kidney for 14 years after losing one kidney to cancer. Now, with his remaining kidney failing, Michael is on dialysis and ready for a kidney transplant. “I’m looking for a person willing to give me and my family a miracle. The miracle of a kidney transplant,” says Michael. “While I wait to find that special someone willing to donate, I walk my chiweenie, Pebbles, and live my wife, the love of my life, Blanca.”
Studies indicate that the less time the patient is on dialysis, the better the transplant outcome. Receiving a preemptive transplant and never going on dialysis leads to higher transplant success rates.
Shon Gonzalez has two children and two grandchildren. He went back to college when he was 45 and finished his college degree. He went on to earn his Masters Degree in Psychology, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. He was diagnosed one year ago with kidney failure and now needs a kidney transplant. “ I still love to work, read books, go to the beach, go camping, hunting, fishing, and traveling. There are no words I can tell you how grateful I would be if you indeed can help,” says Shon.
Medical expenses associated with living donor evaluation are covered by either the recipient’s insurance or in certain circumstances, by the Transplant Centers Organ Acquisition Fund (OAF).
Since 2014, Joyce Benjamin has been going to dialysis at 5:00 am, three times a week for four hours. After working 32 years for the Department of Human Services (three of those years on dialysis), Joyce retired. She’s a mother of three, grandmother of eleven and great grandmother of seven. Her greatest cheerleader is her 83-year-old mother. Joyce says, “Dialysis is very difficult and hard on you. I need a kidney to help me live out my dreams and visions in this lifetime.”
Transplant protocols can vary slightly from one transplant center to another, including how potential donors are evaluated. Because transplant centers try to be very careful and thorough, the evaluation process can take several months.