Welcome to 2019 (transplant + 6.5 years)!
Over six years and counting! The kidney I received back in 2012 has been rock steady and still provides me with the kidney function of a non-transplant person.
None of this would have been possible without my hero, the unknown chap who had the foresight to donate his kidney. Without heroes like him, none of this would be possible. This fundraiser helps raise awareness so that more future heroes can be created. I waited about 7.5 years on the transplant list waiting for my hero. Some people get it sooner, some people get it later, and some unfortunately don't make it. Raising awareness can only help reduce the wait times and make a meaningful impact on people's lives.
This year has extra meaning for me. A cousin of mine lost her son in a tragic accident. After making the gut-wrenching decision to remove him from life support, his organs were donated to help out several people who he did not know. Hopefully, there are now several people like me to pay homage to a person like J.T. who we have never met who changed our lives. It is awareness like this that drives me to support this organization.
Kidney transplant is life altering for the recipient. Unfortunately, for some of the donors it is the opposite. While I am grateful for the kidney, I never forget that bad things happened to make this possible. I can only hope that those who knew my hero are helped, somehow, by knowing that part of him is still living and well.
Stacey and I will be participating in the run/walk. There are thousands of participants. As part of this, we try to do a little fund raising too. Most people we know are not wealthy. But if you have a couple of bucks that can be given to this cause, then please send them along. And if you don't, then that is ok too. All we ask is that you spread a word or two about organ donation, the need for it, the good that it can do, and sign up to donate your organs should you have the unfortunate opportunity to do so. You can also be a hero by being a living donor!
For us, this is all about awareness. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and please keep my cousins Nita and J.T. in your thoughts.
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