Liz and Maria on the way to surgery

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A Paired Donor Has Stepped Forward!

Thanks to the prayers and hard work of many people, a kind and generous woman has volunteered to be a paired donor for Liz. The two women were interviewed by Jennifer Joas of WFMZ TV-69 of Allentown.

Here is the link to the complete report.  The video portion is below.

Interview on August 13, 2015







Liz Needs a Kidney

I have a genetic syndrome called Polycystic Kidney Disease. That name is quite a mouthful, so we call it simply PKD.  As PKD progresses, it replaces healthy kidney tissue with watery cysts. Eventually, there is not enough kidney tissue to do the job a kidney is meant to do. At that point, PKD sufferers need a healthy donor kidney.  That was the stage I was at.

You need only one kidney to lead a normal, healthy, life. That is why so many people have been saved by the generosity of Living Donors. If you, or someone you know, is willing to be a donor, please donate. You will have the satisfaction of  knowing you have saved a life.

How You Can Help

Learn what it means to be an organ donor. Advances in transplant surgery mean a donor can go home in as little as two days. 

If you, or someone you know, has considered being a kidney donor, take the next step. 

You can save my life. Look at the links on this site to find out more.

Fast Facts About PKD

PKD is more common than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, sickle cell anemia and Downs syndrome--COMBINED.

PKD affects 600,000 Americans and 12.5 million people worldwide.

PKD causes kidney failure and pre-mature death in children and adults alike.

A healthy kidney weighs mere ounces. Polycystic kidneys can weigh up to 38 pounds each.

Biography

My name is Elizabeth Casperite.  I am a 43 year old mother and wife, and have been diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease.  This genetic disease is the fourth leading cause of kidney failure, and there is no treatment or cure. I waited for a transplant for over 2 years.  
It's much easier on Donors!

This picture shows the 20 vials of blood that is drawn from me as part of my work-up. Without a living donor, I would have gone on dialysis.  With the average wait for a deceased donor kidney at 5 years, a living donor is the best chance for survival.
If you would like to learn more about living kidney donation, please follow the links on the links page, for either the University of Maryland or the University of Pennsylvania Living Donor Programs.