Click on the pictures on the left to go to each of our friend's Facebook page.
Randy needs an "O" blood type kidney and is willing to do a paired exchange. His brother has an "A" blood type donor. Randy is from Berlin Heights, Ohio. While waiting for his match, Randy promotes organ donor awareness and is a resource for others with PKD, ESRD and home hemodialysis.
"December 2006, my life was going just as I planned. I just got a new car. I was offered a position at a new job. I was looking into moving out of my parent's house and I was enjoying graduate school. I was looking forward to the Christmas and New Years holidays AND THEN MY LIFE WENT INTO PAUSE MODE...Why the pause you may ask? At that time, I was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease and had to begin dialysis. My life has never been the exact same since." Anthony needs a donor with an "O" blood type and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Calling All Kidneys
Mike Skinner started the Calling All Kidneys Facebook page for his wife Anne Casale-Skinner who has PKD. Anne received a transplant on August 8th, 2011 from their friend Jennifer Boyd. Since then, Mike has used Facebook and his website, callingallkidneys.com, as a resource to find donors for others to share their stories and discover information on how to begin and sustain their search for suitable donors. In addition, he tries to assist potential donors on their information quest on how the process works. The Skinners live in Danvers, Massachusetts.
Living Kidney Donors Network is a nonprofit organization that offers Workshops and Get-Togethers to educate people in need of a kidney transplant about living kidney donation and helps prepare them to effectively communicate their need to family members and friends. Visit their Facebook page or their website, www.LKDN.org, for more information.
According to the Facebook page, "Donate Life America is a not-for-profit alliance of national organizations and state teams across the U.S. serving as a national voice and inspiring all people to save and enhance lives through organ, eye and tissue donation." Donate Life America also has a website, www.donatelife.net, which features success stories, explains organ donation, and offers ways to get involved.
The PKD Foundation is dedicated to promoting research to find a cure for polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and improving the care and treatment of those it affects. Not only does the PKD Foundation promote awareness of the disease, it also holds fundraisers annually through the Walk/Run for PKD events. Visit www.pkdcure.org for more information. The PKD Foundation is based out of Kansas City, Missouri.