I was a fortunate child, to have my brother, Tom born twenty-two months before me. (He would later correct me when I said we were two years apart.) He was my protector, tutor, spiritual guide and closest friend. If ever a little toddler needed looking after, it was me.
Patient and kind to everyone. The neighborhood kids knew he would fix their bike chain or stand up to a bully. How he worked with me to finish assignments or drill on the times tables! We always walked to and from school together.
His friends in High School used to call him “Spock.” This was the highest compliment because we all loved Star Trek and Spock was amazing! Well, Tom has always been reserved, in a polite, observant way. He’s also wicked smart! Spock. He’d have the answer but you’d have to ask him directly.
That’s some ancient history that barely touches the depth of my admiration for Tom. To know him is to love him.
I live thousands of miles away from my brother so his day-to-day isn’t known to me. Since he’s been so sick, we’ve had to travel to lay our Father to rest. Tom drove rather than fly and it had to have been very uncomfortable but being Tom, he never complained. I was grateful for his effort and the time we had as a family, together again. Our large family is spread across the USA and I feel sure he would have visited me before now, if he could!
Tom has always been fit and active. Between volunteer umpiring baseball games and bicycling. He looks unchanged other than hair color! To regain an active lifestyle and live to see his adult children flourish in their own lives.
Someone is a match for Tom. Two functioning kidneys, working away without a care. Perhaps, the notion that it’s important to care and you can live a long, healthy life with one functioning kidney and that donating one would earn you more than a gold star sticker.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Tom Lauher'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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