Troy Don Smith is many things to many people.
To his third-grade students, he is the coolest teacher they have ever had. And to his past students, he is their favorite and most memorable teacher who left a lasting impression. Years later some would greet him with a huge hug and tell him what a gift he was to their childhood education when seeing him randomly around town.
To his student’s parents, past and present, he is a constant and reliable guide that helps them navigate the school system, the nuances of learning disabilities, and resources to help them best advocate for their children. He is the teacher who always goes above and beyond to help them understand what their child needs to be successful in school.
To his players, he is the coach who started up and ran programs to benefit his students. He is the one that pushes them to be their best and whole selves, supporting and cheering them on especially when they feel discouraged or doubt themselves.
To his colleagues, he is the peer who is always there to brainstorm lesson plans, take a few extra kids on the fly, and be a sounding board or a listening ear when it has been “one of those days.“
To his friends he is the first one to drop what he is doing to help or to listen. The first one to show up with his truck to move or haul something. The first in line to cheer them on or bring them a meal when they need it.
To his community, he is always there ready to lend a hand, to volunteer at an event, or be on a committee. Even when he doesn’t really have time or isn’t feeling well, he still raises his hand to emcee the auction, run the youth group event, or set up and clean up as needed.
To his family, he is “fun uncle Troy”, the son who flies into town and spoils his nieces and entertains his parents and sister with hours of laughter. To his in-laws he is part of the family like he had been born into it.
To his only son Jaidon, who would have been 19 but recently passed away, he was the dad who would take him fishing or spend time with him changing the oil in the car.
To his daughters, Kyra (17), Laylie (16), and Mattea (14) he is the fun parent who is known for loosely enforcing the house rules. He is the hands-on, always involved dad—even when they would prefer him not be—who shows up for everything. He is their buddy and confidant and protector and everything that embodies the name “Daddy.”
Most of all to me, his wife of over 21 years, he is my rock, my heart, my voice of reason. He is the only reason, after losing our son that I can pull myself out of bed. He has been my full-time, partner-in-crime, for more than half our lives, who cannot imagine a life without him.
Without your kidney he won’t be able to be any of these things to any of us.
To all of us he is amazing and we all need him to be healthy. To do this we need your help.
As of right now both of Troy’s kidneys together are only functioning at about 18% and this is steadily declining. He is starting to show symptoms and fatigue and this is just the beginning for him as there is no cure for Chronic Kidney Disease.
The goal is for him is to avoid dialysis by getting a pre-emptive live kidney so that he can have a good quality of life and be with us a long time to come.
At the moment, we are doing our best to help him control the progression through diet and exercise, however there is no cure for this and he will eventually decline further. If we cannot find a live donor for him within the next year, our time with him will be very limited and that time will be largely spent in clinics hooked up to machines, rather than at home with us.
Our family has already gone from six to five this year and we would be forever grateful for you if you would consider helping us keep our family at five.
For more information about how the donation process works, please watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9fFxxtkK_s&t=22s
You do not have to be a blood match to donate a kidney to Troy, you just have to fill out the form at this link and indicate you want to donate your kidney to Troy Don Smith, 6/16/1976 (this part is crucial!)
Please consider giving Troy the gift of life.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Troy Smith'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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