Jack Whitford (along with his twin brother, Alex) was born on June 1, 2010 weighing a mere 2 lbs. He was born at 26 weeks gestation. During his subsequent 89 day NICU stay, Jack suffered from repeated infections in his lungs and bowels, requiring massive doses of antibiotics. The infections were cured, but it made a lasting and devastating impact on his kidneys. Jack is currently suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease, stage 3. He takes multiple medications daily to manage the disease, but eventually he will need to be placed on dialysis, and will require a kidney transplant. The University of California at San Fransisco has invented an artificial kidney. This "kidney," which is roughly the size of a standard coffee cup, would be implanted in the body, and help take the place of the kidneys. It would "run" on blood pressure, and use materials from the body to function - meaning that there would be no batteries to replace and no anti-rejections medications. This could save so many people suffering from Chonic Kidney Disease and ESRF (End Stage Renal Failure) - lIke my Jack-Jack. The Kidney Project (as it is so aptly named) is currently slated to begin human trials in late 2017. However, the project continues to need funding to build and test a device suitable for human use. Please consider donating to this worthwhile and much needed project through my Crowdrise fundraiser. All I want for my birthday is for my son to have a long, happy, and HEALTHY life. I believe that this might be our answer to that end. Please donate in Jack-Jack's name in honor of my birthday!