My name is Joshua D’Innocenzi, but many know me by my radio name “Josh Michael”. I’m 40 years old, I absolutely love my job doing a morning radio show here in Asheville, NC, and I’m completely obsessed with anything and everything related to Helicopters and Philadelphia Eagles Football.
I was born with only one kidney and didn’t know it for the first 18 years of my life. That solitary kidney was damaged beyond repair from reflux and in 2006 I entered total kidney failure. In 2007 I was blessed with a Kidney from my little brother, Aaron! That kidney lasted 13 glorious years until High Blood pressure crept in. I’m now on year 5 of Dialysis an waiting for an O+ donor.
A transplant would be life altering to say the least. I’ve been at the same job for 20 years, and I’ve always been the team member that people could rely on. I always prided myself on stepping up, hard work never phased me. Now I’m restricted by my energy levels and by my dialysis schedule. I no longer have the energy for the numerous charity boards I’ve been on, or the countless community events that I’ve enjoyed emceeing for years.
A transplant would give me the chance to be the son, brother, uncle, and friend that I want to be.
I feel like my life has been on pause for the past 5 years. No major life accomplishments, no major changes at all really. It feels like I’m on auto-pilot till a new kidney comes, and then I can really spread my wings and fly!
I am currently searching for a Live Donor with O+ blood. I am active on the transplant list at Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte and UNC-Chapel Hill. My insurance will pay for all testing and if it’s a match they will pay for all surgery, travel, and recovery expenses. If you’re interested in what it takes to become a donor, I’d love to send you an information packet!
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Joshua Dinnocenzi's Transplant Center. Begin by completing the donor questionnaire
There are currently 120,000 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in the U.S. Of these, 100,000 await kidney transplants.
The median wait time for a kidney transplant is 3-5 years and can vary depending on health, compatibility, and where you live.
In 2014, 17,107 kidney transplants took place in the U.S. Of these, 11,570 came from deceased donors and 5,537 came from living donors.
Every 14 minutes someone is added to the kidney transplant waitlist.
A kidney from a living donor lasts longer and begins functioning more quickly than a kidney from a deceased donor.
In 1995, kidney donation became minimally invasive with a procedure called laparoscopic nephrectomy, which only requires four small incisions. Hospital stay is typically only 3 days after this operation.
Not blood type compatible with your recipient to be a living donor? Kidney Paired Donation (the “kidney swap” program) enables incompatible candidates with a living donor to receive a kidney from a compatible donor.
Last year, over 700 living donor kidney transplants occurred using Kidney Paired Donation.
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