My name is Thomas, and I am asking for your help to save my life. I am 60 years old and on the liver transplant list at the VCU Hume Lee Center.
I've dedicated my life to public service since joining the navy when I was just 17 and served through the last 40 years including 20 years with the state of North Carolina as a parole officer.
Unfortunately, I had to leave service due to my liver damage. I like to travel and be outdoors, but life for me today is a struggle. I'm in a constant state of fatigue, I’m rarely able to leave home, and have become pretty much a shut in.
I was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2020, but prior to that I've been having liver problems since the 90's. I believe exposure to chemicals while serving in the US Navy is the reason for the liver damage as I've never abused alcohol or drugs. I received cancer treatment a year ago and so far the cancer has remained stable. However, I have several lesions on my liver that have the potential to become cancerous. Being on the liver transplant list is living in a constant state of panic and worry, while knowing that a donated liver will save me. Thoughts of failure are equally dominant and I’m always on alert hoping the next call is the one.
I am looking for a living donor. I am asking this of both friends and strangers, because I have no immediate family that are a match. I am compatible with A+ blood.
I am looking for that special person to please help me and save my life as I have done for others my entire adult life.
The first step is to contact my transplant center using the information in the box below. The entire process is strictly confidential and medical costs are covered by my insurance. Please review existing Living Donor Benefits to determine which apply to you. If you are not eligible for a tax credit, I can reimburse for donation related expenses as permissible by law. In addition, the American Transplant Foundation has financial assistance available to cover any lost wages while you donate for those who are eligible after donation.
Thank you for considering saving my life.
With deep gratitude,