“I hope to travel with my wife, spend time with our grandchildren, teaching them to be responsible contributors to a better world, teaching science, and serving my community.”
In Need of a Kidney Donor
I am married to my wife Jennifer, and we have five adult children and seventeen grandchildren. Last year, I retired from a 40-year career as an atmospheric scientist for a government research laboratory. Most of my career involved field work, installing and maintaining scientific instruments at climate research facilities all over the planet. I am very involved in my church community, and my wife and I help to mentor couples on topics like marriage and parenting. I am also involved in my local government. In my retirement years, I planned to travel with my wife, including to Europe, but COVID and being diagnosed with kidney disease have put those plans on hold. Until recently, I have always been very healthy with a strong immune system.
Over the past year, I have seen my kidney function decrease with my recent diagnosis of stage 5 kidney failure. I am seeking a donor in hopes to avoid needed dialysis or waiting years for a transplant. My wife was tested to donate a kidney, but she unfortunately was not a match. Family members and friends have also tested but did not meet the qualifications.
I am looking for a living donor. I am asking this of both friends and strangers, because I have no immediate family that is able to donate. Living donor transplants generally have better outcomes and can be arranged at a time convenient for both parties. I am compatible with any Type O blood type. Even if you do not have the same blood type, you can donate as part of a paired exchange program.
The most difficult part of waiting for a transplant is not knowing what the future holds. I hope to continue a lifetime of volunteering and exploration. The first step is to contact my transplant center using the information in the box above. The entire process is strictly confidential and medical costs are covered by my insurance.
Please review existing Living Donor Benefits/Rights to determine which apply to you. 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, Victor