My name is Gwendolyn Best. I’m a 42 year old single mom. I’m passionate about my family, seeing them grow up, and creating positive memories. I’ve been diagnosed and living with kidney failure for about three years. For the last three years, I’ve been on hemodialysis . I attend dialysis three days a week for four hours a day. The process is very exhausting and limits what I can do on most days. I am grateful for the dialysis because it is keeping me alive, however it is really hard on the body. Having kidney failure has limited a lot of the activities that I used to be able to do like being around friends, traveling, abd even some activities of daily living due to me not having any energy.
I’ve been on dialysis for three years
A transplant would mean a start of a new life for me. A fresh new start and opportunity for me to be able to continue to reside and be around for my family.
I’m hoping to find a caring person who wants to give the gift of life. By becoming a living donor, you can help me get my life back and help me to continue to raise my family and create new memories. All one would have to do is contact my coordinator, the process is extremely confidential, answer a few questions, and see if you’re a match. Thanks for stopping on my page and for sharing my story!☺️
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Gwendolyn Best'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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