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).

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

News and Media Roundup: 12/22/2019

A look at some of what is happening in the world of kidney health:

HHS proposed rule expands reimbursement for living kidney donors – 12/20/2019

In keeping with the executive order Advancing American Kidney Health, HHS has released a proposed rule intended to reduce financial barriers to living organ donation by expanding reimbursable expenses for kidney donors...

Hopefully we’ll see the impact from this sooner than later!

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Eight Year Old Boy Desperately Needs Transplant

A friend shared this on Facebook. I only know what I read in the article but his situation sounds pretty severe. I hope they are able to work around his complications and get him the transplant he needs. He’s too young to be dealt that hand.

Read the article.

Update: 12/5/2019

While Jordan is still waiting, there is some positive news to report. There have already been 1200 applications requested by people who are interested in donating him a kidney. Hopefully out of all these people there will be at least one good match and they can go forward with the procedure.

Read the article.

A Bears Fan’s Plea For A Kidney

I’ll be honest, as a child growing up in New England, I never did get over the thrashing our Patriots took at the hands of the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX. I don’t want to say I’m a bitter person, and after six championships later, you’d think I’d be over it. But no, I’m still sour. They should have let us win.

So on that note, I’ve never associated the Bears with anything positive. But then along comes this guy:

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