My name is Mark Stainback. A lot of you know me as the guy that volunteers with Westside Project driving the big Penske truck distributing ugly food and passing out large boxes of food. I have worked with Westside Project for several years and helping people that are in need is my biggest passion. I have always been the person that will give his last dollar to help someone else. I have a love for people that comes directly from God. Now kidney failure has slowed me down. I have been diabetic for many years and even though I have tried to take care of myself it has taken its toll on my body. My kidneys have been declining for several years. The last few years I have been blessed to be part of a clinical research trial that has kept me off of dialysis however now that trial has ended. I have now started dialysis three times per week at a dialysis center.
Kidney failure has taken its toll on me. I get sick very easily whenever I eat. The fluid retention has been very severe to the point I can feel the skin around my feet and ankles stretching. It can be very painful and makes it hard to walk at times. My energy level has dropped drastically and I give out very easily. It is hard to walk for any distance without being out of breath. Because of this I have had to limit the amount of work I do with the ministry.
I am on the waiting list for a kidney however waiting for someone that is an organ donor to pass can take many years. I am trying to find someone that would be willing to donate one of their kidneys to me. The process is much easier than you would think. Please consider being a kidney donor so that I can continue with my passion of taking care of people in need. Thank you for your support as I am battling this life changing event.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Mark Stainback's Transplant Center. Begin by completing the donor questionnaire
UNC Medical Center, 101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514
Did you know?
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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