Matthew Needs a
Living Kidney Donor

“If I had a new kidney tomorrow, I would have much more energy for my work, my family, and for physical activities. I would also have much more peace of mind about the future.  My donor would be giving an incredible gift to both me and my family.”

Matthew’s Story

Matthew embodies the essence of a noble man—a devoted husband and father of six beloved children. His family holds him dear, as do his close friends and the community and public he serves with unwavering dedication since 1997.

In his own words, Matthew reflects, “I strive to uphold honesty, conscientiousness, and a deep concern for others. Integrity guides every decision, ensuring fairness in all my interactions and endeavors.” His commitment extends beyond professional duties; he has also been a steadfast pillar within his church, serving in various capacities over the years.

Throughout his life, Matthew’s mission has been to give generously to those around him. His career has been a testament to this ethos, focusing on roles that directly benefit the public and contribute to the greater good. Now, he humbly hopes that someone will hear his plea and offer him the ultimate gift: the gift of life.

Matthew faces a formidable challenge, having battled lupus nephritis for nearly 26 years, which has significantly impaired his kidney function. A kidney transplant stands as his primary hope, with a transplant from a living donor representing the best chance for renewed health and the opportunity to continue his life of service, alongside cherished moments with his beloved family.

Donor Eligibility Requirements

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

Process for Stepping Forward for Matthew

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.

Questions & Answers

What many people may not realize is that sometimes the best donor is someone who is not immediately related to the recipient.  Even though some immediate members of Matthew’s family have stepped forward, they were not able to donate due to health reasons. This is why we are sharing Matthew’s story with as many people as possible.  We hope others will see it and perhaps decide to step forward to give Matthew the greatest gift imaginable.

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 Matthew 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 Matthew would be to secure a living donor. Waiting for a kidney transplant from a deceased donor can take years, which is not ideal.

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