I created this website to increase my odds of finding a Living Donor, raise funds for my continuous medical bills and efforts to get a new kidney, and to increase awareness about the realities of striving for a transplant.
I never imagined that I would go through sudden kidney failure five years ago. I was unprepared for the toll that dialysis would take on my body, my emotions, or my life. Being on dialysis and going through kidney failure has been the most difficult struggle I've ever faced: I now must be connected to a machine for 11 (Yes, I said ELEVEN!) hours each day to keep me alive.
MYTH: "Anyone who needs a kidney, gets a kidney, and it happens automatically."
FACT: ONLY 15% EVER GET A TRANSPLANT.
FACT: WAIT TIMES ARE BETWEEN 7 and 10 YEARS IN CALIFORNIA
FACT: Organ procurement (the allotment of deceased donor organs) is regional
FACT: Each transplant hospital only gives kidneys to patients approved by that specific hospital
I’ve been immersed into the world of Western medicine and the smaller niche of being a dialysis patient and a person in need of a kidney. Many things have surprised me. Kidney failure is not talked about in America. It is not a hot topic. There are over 120,000 people in America listed and waiting for an organ transplant to save their lives. There are over 468,000 people in America currently on dialysis.
It is my hope & goal to get a kidney transplant. I would also like to make the process of getting a transplant easier, more transparent, and efficient. Become a Donor! Save a Life!!
Every year kidney disease kills more people than breast or prostate cancer!
Jamie T., Living Donor comments on being a donor:
"The hardest part of sharing my small part in the story of organ donation has been to say I gave to a stranger. The humility I feel and the lingering feeling that I only wish I could do more does not match the incredulity and awe of reactions. It has taken me a long time to open up and share my story despite this phenomenon. If only, if only, there was more I could give! If only, if only, I could convince more people that they can help this tremendous need. As I prepare to celebrate the 11th anniversary of my donation (11/17/2004), I pray for all who wait, who consider, who worry, and who persevere. I will share my story in hopes it becomes the only gift I can continue to give...may it truly inspire at least one more..."