My name is Kris and I have kidney failure. As many of you may know, I previously received a double transplant of a kidney and a pancreas 7 years ago. However, over time, that transplanted kidney failed and I’m in the position that I am now.
I have been diagnosed with kidney failure for the last year, but the symptoms became life changing as of August of 2022. This means that three times a week for three hours each, I have to get life-saving dialysis. As you can imagine this affected my ability to work, and I was ultimately let go from my career that I worked years to get in to. It not only affects my ability to work, but my mental health and my physical health have taken a toll. I’ve lost my freedom to go where I want, when I want, to be a person that friends and family can rely on, and being a productive member of society.
Getting a transplant would mean that I can have my freedom back as a human, as a son, as a friend, etc. It would mean that I can rely on myself to 100% provide for myself. It would mean I have the option to enjoy every day just like my last and go on vacation and trips without having to worry about dialysis or a restricted diet. A transplant, to me, would mean that I’m whole again.
So my ask of anyone reading this is for help, in a big way. I need a kidney in order to achieve these goals and I’m hoping yours is a match. I know it’s incredibly scary to think about helping in this way, but I have an amazing team of duties and surgeons who are literally the best in the world! If you’re interested in becoming a living donor and a hero, you can start the donation process confidentially. And if you can’t, you can still help me by sharing my story - the more people that see it, the better! Thank you for even reading all this and any help you can provide.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Kris Weaver'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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