Dear family and friends,
Thanks so much for the kind birthday wishes. They make my day all so wonderful.
A year ago, I was diagnosed with end stage renal failure – my kidneys had stopped working. In dialysis since last June, I am awaiting a kidney transplant from a deceased donor (along with 94,000 others in the U.S.) Dialysis keeps me feeling well on most days, but the long term prospects of my living the four to five years until a deceased donor can be identified diminish with each passing day.
My physicians tell me that my best chance for survival is to find a living donor as soon as possible. Several friends and relatives have stepped forward to volunteer; so far, none have been a match.
After 40 years of public service and giving, I am now asking for help with the most challenging issue of my life. If you or someone you know are willing to consider volunteering a kidney and have O positive or O negative blood type, please contact me @firstname.lastname@example.org or go to:
Living kidney donor program at Tampa General Hospital;
(855) 204-6516Thanks for your continuing thoughts and prayers.