"I would love to get back to what I was starting to do when my kidney began to fail, which is teaching new and upcoming social workers what I have learned over 35+ years of counseling people... passing on my love of the work, and the skills and experience to new counselors joining the field.  I will also go back to seeing clients myself, being active in my church and doing as needed crisis counseling in the community."

Carey— POtential kidney Transplant Recipient

My name is Carey, and I am asking for your help to save my life.

I am a fun-loving, life living, humor appreciating person, who loves to laugh.  At the same time, I am also a licensed clinical social worker, who has been working as a counselor/therapist with trauma survivors and individuals who have experienced a loss, to help them heal, grieve and live their lives to the fullest.  I really miss doing that work.

I had a wonderful unrelated living donor kidney transplant in 2011 from a friend and remained healthy for 11 long years. I worked very hard to maintain my transplant’s health and did everything right with the kidney I had, but got unlucky with a serious kidney infection and need a new transplant ASAP. I have never been on dialysis and every step toward it is terrifying for me.

None of my family is able to donate and a few friends were tested but with no luck.

I think anyone who even considers donating a kidney or other organ is remarkable, and a hero in their own lives, as well as a hero for others. Living donor kidney transplants are healthier and last longer. I am honestly not sure I can do this emotional and physical journey again in the 5-10 years a cadaver kidney transplant lasts.  It is really painful to be going through this whole process again so soon.

Living donor transplants generally have better outcomes and can be arranged at a time convenient for both parties. No waiting and wondering while my body continues to weaken. More so, this surgery is covered for both the donor and the recipient under my health insurance!

If you have any questions or concerns about the living donation process in any aspect, please sign up for the American Transplant Foundation's Potential Living Donor Database and we can provide you with any resources you may need, including speaking with a living organ donor directly.

I would appreciate you sharing this information with anyone that you know who might be interested or a match. 

Thank you so much for your consideration!


To Become My Living Donor:


Please call my transplant center if you would like to be tested to become my donor. You will need my name: Carey Gauzens. ALL MEDICAL COSTS ARE PAID BY MY INSURANCE!


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