Whatever good thou hast received - spread it to others
Hi, I am a 65 year old retired U.S. Army sergeant - Vietnam Veteran.
On June 16th, 2004 I began dialysis treatment due to my ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease). I remained on dialysis for 5 years.
On June 13th, 2009 I received a kidney transplant at the Geisinger Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, PA. I received my kidney from a 50 year old man from southern Pennsylvania that had passed away. These are the only details I know about my donor, although part of him has been part of me for over 6 years now. The tragedy of his death gifted me with the blessing of a renewed life. And why? Because he chose to donate his organs.
In June 2016 I will celebrate 7 years post-transplant.
I am participating in this event for three reasons.
1) To support the wonderful work NeighborWorks does for the community.
2) To support the amazing and tireless work the Gift Of Life Organ Donation Organization does in it's efforts to inform and educate the public of the urgent need for organs.
3) To honor my donor, doctors, staff and all others who have supported me before, during and since my transplant and to be a voice of hope for those patients still waiting. And to show them that there are no limits on what life post transplant can be like.
I will be successful...
... but not without your help
I need to raise at least $1,000.00 in order to be accepted as an 'OVER THE EDGE' rappeler for this event. If I could afford it I'd pay it all myself but I cannot. Please help me, please donate.
For those of you who know me and think me rappeling off a 16 story building is crazy. Maybeso. But, on average 22 people die everyday waiting for an organ to become available for them. Maybe this will help. I have to try.
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