It’s all about the numbers. 365 days. 12 months. 1 year.
They all describe the amount of time we have to find a hero willing to donate a kidney to save a life. Over the last week we have cried, laughed, and held on tight to Gary, a member of our family experiencing end-stage renal failure. The wait for a deceased donor kidney is staggering long, making Gary’s only option a living donor. We’re learning to cope with this new reality, and we’re gearing up for the fight of a lifetime. And we’re embracing the numbers:
2 – the number of kidneys a healthy adult has.
0 – the number of Gary’s kidneys that seem interested in continuing to do their job.
1- the number of kidneys an adult needs to live.
96,645 – the number of people on the organ transplant list awaiting a kidney.
3,000 – the number of new patients seeking a kidney each month.
5-7 – the number of years Gary would be waiting for a deceased donor kidney, too long for his current condition.
The numbers are stark and overwhelming. But we’ve got some numbers of our own – vast numbers of people who love Gary and his family. And we’re going to start reaching out with that love and betting that if we embrace these numbers and grow them through the power of networking that we will find a hero who defies all of the odds and is ready to save a life.
Please visit the links on this page to learn more about living donation. We know becoming a living donor is not right for everyone, but you can help by:
Liking our Facebook page
Passing on the link to this page and Gary’s story
Registering to become a deceased organ donor in your state. Now may not be the right time to give, but consider a gift that lives on long after you are gone.