Chris Needs a
Living Kidney Donor

“To my future kidney donor, your selfless gift will give me the chance to begin anew. Your generosity will give me a fresh start, and I am truly grateful.”

Chris’ Story

Renowned for his unwavering loyalty and devotion to loved ones, 23-year-old Chris faced the shocking news of kidney failure in May 2022. This news has led to immediate dialysis and the search for a living kidney donor. Despite the unforeseen diagnosis of end-stage renal disease, Chris remains optimistic and determined to secure a life-altering kidney donation.

Dialysis treatment has not only disrupted Chris’s daily life, but also put a pause on his beloved activities such as skateboarding, biking, and fishing. Although his brother was willing to donate, they were not a match, compelling Chris to search for a compatible living kidney donor to undergo transplant surgery and reclaim the life he had to set aside.

We Need to Find a Living Donor

The best path forward for Chris is to find a living donor.  Many people do not understand the long-term impact of dialysis, which often leads to further health issues. A living donor transplant will offer the best possible outcome for Chris as research has shown that kidneys from living donors last longer. 

Donor Eligibility Requirements

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

Process for Stepping Forward for Chris

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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.

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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

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When I found out I made it on the transplant waitlist, I was overjoyed. I want to have my transplant surgery and get back to living my life. However, being on the waitlist for a deceased kidney transplant does not mean I’ll get transplanted quickly. Most patients, like me, wait 5 or more years. That’s a long time for someone to battle kidney disease, and so much can happen while I wait. This is why I am actively sharing my story. I’m hoping to find a living kidney donor who will see my story and choose to save my life. That person will give me the greatest gift imaginable and give me the chance to start my adult life, skateboard, and spend more quality time with my friends and family. You can help me today – please SHARE this post and my website:

https://giftworksuuh.com/chrisb

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Urgent Request – Share to Help Find Chris a Living Donor
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Please help me by SHARING this post! Chris needs our help to find a living kidney donor who can save his life. It truly breaks my heart that I am unable to donate to him myself, and watching him go through this is incredibly painful, but I am determined to do everything I can to help him. I believe with all my heart that the right person will see this post and be moved to step forward and save Chris’ life by becoming his living kidney donor. This selfless act would be the greatest gift, not just to Chris, but to his loving family, friends, and the entire community that cherishes him. Please join me in my mission. Share this post today and help us find that special person who can give Chris the chance to live a healthy, fulfilling life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

https://giftworksuuh.com/chrisb

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Living kidney donors truly are #superheroes, selflessly giving the gift of life to those in need. Their generosity embodies the purest form of compassion and heroism. If you’re inspired to become a hero like Chris’s potential kidney donor, consider registering as a living kidney donor today to help save lives. Your act of kindness could make a world of difference and bring hope to individuals awaiting life-changing transplants. Join us in spreading awareness and potentially changing someone’s life forever.

https://giftworksuuh.com/chrisb

Questions & Answers

There are instances where family members are ineligible or not the optimal match for donation, even when family members do step forward.  Sometimes, the best match for a transplant can sometimes come from someone outside immediate family or even unrelated individuals.

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 Chris 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.

If Chris doesn't find a donor, he would likely have to endure the lengthy wait on the kidney transplant list, which could significantly prolong his suffering and increase the risk of complications associated with his condition.

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