David is my older brother. There is no greater bond than those between siblings. In spite of our “brotherly” differences through the years, I have always looked up to him as a mentor and role model, and often sought his advice and wisdom. He is smart, kind & and has a heart of gold. He challenged me throughout my life and helped me become the person I am. David has also been a very special uncle to my daughters. As children they adored their uncle David and still do! We often traveled together, enjoyed scuba diving, dining out and just plain old having a good time!
I have spent more time with David while staying at his home recently, while visiting with our elderly Mom. The biggest thing that I notice is his fatigue. He tends to crash out later in the day and runs out of steam. This seems more than just from age, and I know it is affecting his life and preventing him from enjoying all he loves to do.
A kidney transplant for Davie means LIFE. David and I realize how precious life really is, having lost our eldest brother a little over a year ago. When you lose someone close to you, and way too soon, you understand how fragile life is. David has dedicated his life to helping others as a Chiropractor and he now needs someone to “pay it forward” to him, to help him overcome his condition. A kidney transplant would give him the gift of a more normal and healthy life.
I would give David a kidney without question. Unfortunately, I am not able to as I have
a heart condition that disqualifies me as a donor. I know there is someone out there who has the generosity to donate a kidney and give the gift of life to David. You do not have to be an exact match. You do not have to know him. Giving the gift of life and health is truly the greatest gift you can give, or as we say a Mitzvah. Please share with your family, friends and anyone you know. Perhaps you, or someone you know, can be a living donor. Spread the word and we can find David a kidney, and restore his health and life!
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact David Kerschner'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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