My father Bruce Clark is a wonderful, caring and generous person. He has spent his life standing up for what is right and fighting to make things better for others.
His kidneys failed over 30 years ago at this point. He continued to work for the postal service for many years while going through transplants or being on dialysis until he was able to retire a couple years ago. Recently, after being hospitalized with COVID-19, he found out that his kidneys are failing again and he is now tied to a dialysis schedule.
A kidney transplant for my father would give him the freedom to be able to enjoy his retirement with his fantastic husband Rich. It would allow him to travel and live freely without planning it around a dialysis schedule so he can enjoy being a father, grandfather, husband, and friend.
The only option Bruce has for a transplant at this point is to receive one from a living donor. He has committed his life to protecting the vulnerable and helping those in need and now needs the help of others.
I have already gone through the screening process and unfortunately found out that I am not a match. Because of this I am encouraging people to please reach out to the transplant center if you would consider being a donor. The process was very easy and is completely confidential. Going through the screening process also does not mean you are committed to donating.
Helping in any way would mean the world to him and our family. Even If you are unable to donate sharing his story helps to spread the word. The more people that hear about his situation the better the chances are that he could receive the transplant that changes his life.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Bruce Clark'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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