Armondo Needs a
Living Kidney Donor

“I don’t like to say it out loud but kidney failure has had a huge impact on my life, more than I let people know. I would be very very grateful for a living donation.

Armondo’s Story

Armondo was born with IGA Nephropathy, a degenerative disease, which eventually led to his kidneys failing. He has to work full-time during his dialysis treatment, and the only job available in his area that accommodates both his work and dialysis schedule is a 12-hour night shift. Armondo would love to receive a new kidney, as it would give him much more time and energy. He plans to go to college and medical school to become a nephrologist after his transplant.

We Need to Find a Living Donor

Choosing to wait 3-5 years for a kidney from a deceased donor might not be the ideal option for Armondo. However, by finding a living donor, Armondo can significantly speed up his kidney transplant process. Research indicates that recipients generally have better results with kidneys from living donors. Armondo is eager to recover from his transformative transplant and would love to have the chance to go to medical school to pursue his dreams.

Donor Eligibility Requirements

Armondo is extremely lucky to have secured highly qualified medical help and support from the team at the University of Utah Health (UUH). He wants any interested persons to know that they will be in exceptional hands should they decide to step forward. UUH has shared the following as a pre-qualification list for donation:

Must be between the age of 18-69 years old.

Must be healthy and free of major health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, obesity (BMI of 37 or less).

Must be mentally and emotionally healthy.

You Can Help Save Armondo's Life!

Interested In Donating?

Complete the short contact form and a GiftWorks' Living Donor Navigator will respond within 1 day to guide you through the next steps in the process.

Have Questions About Donating?

Having questions is normal! Complete the short contact form to set up a time to speak with a GiftWorks' Living Donor Navigator; a guide who knows what it's like to donate a kidney because they've donated in the past.

Want To Help In Other Ways?

You can help by sharing Armondo's page today! Also, be sure to share Armondo's posts on social media each week to spread awareness of his story. Sharing posts is one of the best ways to help Armondo find his lifesaving donor.

Process for Stepping Forward for Armondo

COMPLETE FOrm
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Fill out the short contact form and a GiftWorks’ Living Donor Navigator will reach out to you within 1 business day to set up a time to connect.

Discussion
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During your time with a GiftWorks’ Living Donor Navigator, you will get to ask questions and receive answers from a living kidney donor. They will tell you more about the process, address non-medical concerns, and connect you to valuable resources.

Complete Breeze
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Breeze is a health questionnaire that will be reviewed by the hospital’s medical team to determine your eligibility for living donation as well as the next steps.

Share To Help

Armondo S
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Upon learning that I had made it onto the transplant waitlist, I was filled with incredible happiness. When I get a kidney transplant, I will have so much more time and energy. In fact, I plan on going to college and medical school to become a nephrologist. But waiting for a deceased kidney transplant doesn’t guarantee a quick solution. Getting a kidney from a deceased donor could take 5 years or more. That’s a long journey battling kidney disease, and a lot can happen while I wait. That’s why I’m sharing my story actively, hoping to find a living kidney donor who could save my life. Your share could be the difference. Please SHARE this post and my website to spread the word! I truly appreciate your support!
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SHARE this post to help save Armondo’s life! Hi everyone! Armondo has recently reached out to me with an immediate request: he’s in dire need of our assistance in locating a living kidney donor. Although I’m unable to donate, I’m dedicated to broadcasting his message far and wide. Your share has the power to make a significant impact. Let’s rally together to ensure that Armondo finds a living kidney donor. Share this message now to help save Armondo’s life!

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We are immensely #determined to find a living kidney donor for Armondo, whose unwavering strength in facing this challenge inspires us daily. Every day, we work to spread the word, in the hopes of finding a match that could change his life. With your support, whether through sharing his story on social media, we can amplify our efforts and bring us one step closer to finding Armondo the life-saving gift of a living kidney donation. Join us in our mission to make a difference, and together, let’s help Armondo find his living kidney donor.

https://giftworksuuh.com/armondos/

Questions & Answers

Unfortunately, no one in Armondo's family has been able to donate their kidney to him. In some cases, the best living donor is one who is not a family member.

While the recipient's insurance will provide coverage for the donor, the donor needs to have their own health insurance in the rare event an unknown health issues comes up for the donor.

While the recipient's insurance covers all costs related to the donation (for Armondo and his donor), there are expenses like travel, meals, and lost wages that can be incurred.  However, we want you to know there are resources available to ensure you do not have to pay for anything out of pocket. The GiftWorks' team can provide more information about those resources if you choose to step forward as a living donor.

Living kidney donors are often able to return to work within 2 weeks, and fully heal within 6-8 weeks. After surgery, the donor’s remaining kidney will also grow in size and function, allowing them to live normal life with just one kidney.

The following are pre-qualification requirements for living donation: must be between the age of 18-69 years old, must be healthy and free of major health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity (BMI of 37 or less), and must be mentally and emotionally healthy.

The best scenario for Armondo would be to secure a living donor. Having endured extensive struggles with his kidney disease, waiting 3-5 years for a transplant from the list isn't optimal. Likewise, long-term dialysis presents its own risks, including low blood pressure, infections at the injection site, and blood clots, making it far from ideal.

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