Jim Needs a
Living Kidney Donor

“I know that the gift of a kidney is a very special and I would honor and cherish that gift and the donor’s sacrifice the rest of my life.”

Jim’s Story

Jim is a cherished father, husband, and friend who is counted upon by his wife, son, and daughter.  Throughout his life, Jim has made it his mission to give back to others not only professionally, but within his community and through close involvement in various non-profits. 

Jim received a diagnosis of Fabry disease, a rare genetic condition affecting his kidneys, in 2004. He endured painful symptoms since childhood. As his kidneys gradually declined, a decision was made in December 2019 to pursue dialysis and ultimately kidney transplant. After starting dialysis at home in May 2020, he adapted to hemo-dialysis, maintaining this routine since August 2020. Jim has been on the kidney transplant list since May 2020.

We Need to Find a Living Donor

While balancing home hemo-dialysis five days a week offers flexibility, it ties him down for up to four hours each day.  Transplant is the best path forward.  With a living donor, Jim can get his kidney transplant sooner! Research has shown that when patients receive a kidney from a living donor, the outcome is generally better. Living kidney donation is also ideal because kidneys from living donors last longer than a deceased donor.

Donor Eligibility Requirements

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

Process for Stepping Forward for Jim

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

Jim P
Living Kidney Donor Needed! Please SHARE to Help Me Find One!
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I was very happy to find out that I was on the transplant waiting list. With a new kidney, I could go back to spending more quality time with my loved ones, and work to give back to my community. But I have been on the waiting list since 2020, and I still haven’t gotten a kidney. Though it’s been a long battle with kidney disease, I’m still hopeful. That’s why I’m now sharing my story. I’m hoping to find a living kidney donor who will see it and choose to save my life. If you’d like to help, please share this post and my website with your friends and family. You may be the key to helping me find the living kidney donor who will forever change my life. Thank you for your time and consideration. https://giftworksuuh.com/jimp/

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Help by SHARING this post! Jim urgently needs a living kidney donor, and while I wish I could donate myself, I’m not a match. However, I’m dedicated to spreading his story to find someone who is. I truly believe that the right person will see this and step forward to save Jim’s life. This act of kindness would mean the world to Jim, his family, friends, and community. Please join me in this mission by SHARING this post. Let’s find a hero for Jim! Thank you!

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Help Save Jim’s Life! Share This Page
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“Giving someone the gift of #life is the greatest gift of all,” resonates profoundly as Jim continues on his journey to find a living kidney donor. His courage and resilience inspire us all as he navigates through this challenging path. Your support and willingness to share Jim’s story not only raise awareness but also serve as a beacon of hope for him and others in similar situations. Let’s unite in solidarity by spreading the word far and wide. Share this post and be a part of Jim’s life-saving mission. Together, we can make a difference and help Jim find his living kidney donor.

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Questions & Answers

Several of Jim’s family members stepped forward to donate, but were not able to do so for health reasons.  In some cases, like Jim’s, the best donor and match is actually someone outside the family. 

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 Jim 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 ideal outcome is for Jim is to find a living donor. He has already battled so much with his kidney disease that being on the kidney transplant waiting list for 3-5 years is simply not ideal. Long-term dialysis is also not ideal as it can lead to a variety of complications such as low blood pressure, injection site infection, and blood clots.

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