My name is Ralph Christopherson, and I am hoping to find a kidney donor.
Chronic kidney disease is a problem that I have been dealing with for 6 years. Unfortunately, over time my kidney disease has continued to progress to the extent that I will need a kidney transplant. The effects and treatments required to combat it have been a constant stress on my mind, body, and soul.
Since February 2021, I’ve been doing dialysis, attending frequent doctor visits and experiencing declining health, while still working to support myself and my family. This treatment often leaves me feeling tired and makes it difficult to do the things I enjoy, like spending time with family and friends, hiking, biking, gardening, fishing, and enjoying what life has to offer.
I look forward to the day that I can get my normal life back. It would be a blessing to be able to be more active, be able to leave on a moment’s notice, and have energy again, and enjoy life without the constant concerns for my health.
I am on the waiting list for a kidney, however that can often take years to get a match. I am hoping to find a living donor because to benefit my health and improve my quality of life. A living donor transplant would mean so much to me because I could have my life back and enjoy my life and family like I used to. I would be grateful if you could help me find a match by getting tested or sharing this information with your own network of friends, family and community.
I sincerely thank you,
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Ralph Christopherson's Transplant Center. Begin by completing the donor questionnaire
2799 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI, 48202
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Medical expenses for living organ donors are 100% covered, and inquires from potential donors are 100% confidential! Contact the Transplant Center to learn more about living donation.More Donor FAQs
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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