Kidney Transplant Animation

This is a great animation I found on Youtube that details how a kidney transplant is performed. While a lot of the jargon is over my head, it’s fascinating how they pull this off and the care involved. I never thought I’d be so fascinated watching veins get sewn together but it really is amazing how they do this.

It’s not a long video, so it’s a good seven minutes well invested.

Cleaning House

If you are noticing that things look a little different since your last visit it’s not you. While I’m preparing to add some new posts in the coming weeks (stay tuned), I wanted to take some time to clean up a few things and tighten up some of the pages. The biggest change is the rewrite of the About This Site page. In addition I slimmed down the bit-too-wordy Community page(hey, being concise was never my strong point).

I may touch up or even redo my profile page in the near future also. The pages themselves were ok, but I wanted to improve the wording and try to better describe the mission statement of this site.

As always you can contact me in the comments or via email with any questions and suggestions. And stay tuned for additions that are coming soon!

Eleven Year Old Ohio Boy Needs a Kidney

Skylar Gordon is an 11 year old boy with a problem that is becoming much too common today. He needs a kidney.

Skylar is battling Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) which is a particularly nasty  and aggressive disease that scars your kidneys to the point that it leads to symptoms of nephrotic syndrome.

He has type O blood and if you are interested in being a donor (remember you don’t necessarily need to be a blood match to donate), contact the Cincinatti Childrens’ Hospital at (513) 636-7201.

Read the article (courtesy of Fox 8 Cleveland).

Kidney Crossroads Event Coming to Somerville In March

‘Kidney Crossroads: The New Kidney Healthcare Initiative: What does this mean for you?‘, sponsored by Brigham and Women’s Hospital is coming to Somerville on Saturday March 14, 2020 beginning at 8:00 AM and running through 1:00 PM.

You can get further information at the official event page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kidney-crossroads-new-kidney-healthcare-initiative-tickets-73969908989?aff=ebdssbeac

Political Donations Done Right

Credit for this article goes to the American Kidney Fund Blog where we are introduced to three state legislators from different states (and across party lines) who have one big thing in common.

All three are kidney donors.

This is good news in a couple of ways. First the obvious. A number of people got kidneys from living donors (the best kind). Second, in an age where few people have confidence in the political system, it’s a nice reminder that government is made up of people who actually do go into service with the goal of making a difference. Some stray over time and others make a real effort to move the ball downfield. These are a few examples.

Check out the article below:

KidneyToday: State legislators who have donated kidneys stand up to protect living donors

Nephcure Fundraiser at SweetFrog in Marshfield, Ma

On Saturday June 22, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM a fundraiser will be held at SweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt in Marshfield, Ma. This is a benefit with 10% of all proceeds going to Nephcure Kidney International! If you’re from the Cape Cod or Greater Boston area, consider making the trip down to support the cause. I’m planning on making the trip myself and really, isn’t that reason enough to be there?

Seriously, the people at Nephcure do great work, so lets support efforts like this and help grow the cause!

The official flyer for the event is below. If I get any more information on this or other local events I’ll post it here and in the forum. Planning on going? Let us know!