Hello all, my name is George Sullivan. I currently work at the facilities department at Drexel University. I have a daughter and a granddaughter, whom I love very much! I am currently in kidney failure and finding a donor has proved to be a challenge, as my entire immediate family has passed away. My mother had breast cancer, my father had lung cancer, my sister had down syndrome, and my brother had epilepsy. I have adopted some lifestyle changes, including following a renal diet (basically everything that you want to eat, you can’t!). I am also now on dialysis, which I have been on since March 5, 2014. My current treatments are four hours long and three times a week. This treatment drains me physically, and I require a lot of time to rest afterwards, which has prevented me from being able to complete my work to the best of my abilities.
Although I would never want anyone to experience dialysis, dialysis has brought so many wonderful people into my life. I have met many individuals from different walks of life: varying racial and ethnic backgrounds, different occupations, etc; even though we have those slight differences, dialysis has bonded us, as we realize we are all in the same boat, trying to live our lives the best way we can despite our diagnosis. As the days, which have turned into months, have gone by, dialysis has worn down my body. But under all of that stress and sadness, I have pushed and fought to stay alive to hopefully find a living donor. I pray one day that someone will come forward for me and be a match.
If I am able to receive a match, I am most excited just to start living a normal, happy life. I would love to be able to walk, run, ride my e-bike, and eat those foods I have been missing out on! A life without 15 gauge needles, without waking at 4:30 AM in order to get to the dialysis center at 5:30 three times a week, and being able to play with my granddaughter is something I look forward to greatly. I thank the Lord that I have been given this opportunity to share my story and find a kidney donor to give me a second shot at life. I just want to get back to living my life and being with my family. Amen.
Every call is greatly appreciated; you can provide them with my name (George Sullivan) and birthday (June 30th, 1965). Thank you in advance, God bless!
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact George Sullivan'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.
Long-term survival is significantly improved among patients who receive a kidney transplant compared to those who remain on dialysis.
A kidney from a living donor lasts longer and begins functioning more quickly than a kidney from a deceased donor.
Since 1954, when the first successful living donor transplant took place in Boston, living donors have been giving the gift of life and making a difference.
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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