I met Sharon when our girls where in pre-school, 13 years ago. Our families met and there was an instant connection at all layers of our family -- fathers, daughters and of course Sharon and I. We have since shared birthdays, holidays, baptisms and vacations. I really enjoy our conversations about the Bible, our faith, how we practically live out our faith and share ways to encourage our kids to do the same.
Sharon's kidney failure has negatively affected her participation in many activities, to include going to her daughters functions and family vacations to mention a few. I know dialysis is an option for Sharon; however, seeing my own mother go through dialysis I know personally how that can take a toll on a person's body. I remember how tired my mom was on dialysis days and how that prevented her from attending her grandkids activities and many other important functions.
When Sharon shared with me about her need for a kidney, my husband and I volunteered to be a living donor. Unfortunately during the screening process we found out that neither of us were a match for Sharon. Although this was sad news, we are encouraged as CHAMPIONS to help Sharon find a donor. As you many know, we only need one kidney to live a full life. Please consider coming alongside us through prayer, sharing Sharon's story and being screened as a living donor.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Sharon Works Hymes'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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