We are asking for your help – become a Living Donor

A MEMBER OF OUR FAMILY IS
IN URGENT NEED OF A
KIDNEY TRANSPLANT!

Hi everyone, this beautiful couple is Bobi and Del Du-Bois,
as you can tell by this picture, they are very much in love.

But Del needs YOUR help ~ he needs a kidney.

Living donors offer recipients the best chances for a healthy life.
You can be tested to find out if you are compatible.
Please help by getting tested and spreading the word.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Here’s a letter from Bobi:

Many years ago Del was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of numerous cysts in the kidneys. In 1968 Del lost a kidney to PKD and has been managing for the past 46 years with his remaining kidney. Recently his condition has worsened, the enlarging cysts are severely impacting the function of this kidney and it is failing. Del has been told he requires a kidney transplant as soon as possible. His best chances are a kidney from a living donor. Recipients of a living donor kidney live longer and healthier lives.

Del now has End Stage Kidney Disease and desperately needs a life-saving donor kidney, blood type O. You can make a difference. Please help spread the word to your family members, friends, co-workers, or any groups you are affiliated with. The more people we reach the greater the probability we can find a suitable kidney match for Del.

Del is registered with RJWBarnabas Health (NJ) and a few other hospitals. Please specify Del’s name when you call so that your donation goes to him.

We are asking for your help in reaching the masses, a lot of reaching out is done via emails and social media, it CAN reach the right person who can save Del’s life (it’s happened before). Please email it, post it on Facebook, tweet it on Twitter and all of your social media sites. Tell your friends about it any way you can.

Thank you so much,

Barbara Cordero Du-Bois and family

Some facts :

– We are born with 2 kidneys but can survive with one.

– Polycystic Kidney Disease is a genetic disorder so family members can be affected and are not good donor candidates.

– People with the most common type of PKD progress to kidney failure also called end-stage renal disease (ESRD).

– Living donor transplants represent the best opportunity for a positive long-term outcome.

– Transplants from a live donor has the benefit of lasting twice as long as a kidney from a deceased donor.

– The wait for a deceased donor could take 5 to 7 or more years.

– While the number of people requiring a kidney transplant has been increasing each year, the number of transplants received has remained at a stable and alarmingly low level over the years.

– According to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse there are 101,047 individuals awaiting a kidney as of August 21, 2014 and since January to May of this year 11,845 people who received transplants of which 2,280 came from live donors.

Be Our HERO

 

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Please help save Del’s life.
We are asking for your help, he desperately needs a Type O kidney.

Call or Text: 732-485-3522

Del has been on both the Transplant List AND on Dialysis for SIX (6) years.
Living Donors give patients the BEST chances to live a normal life

The shortage of organs causes most patients to wait for a transplant.

Please HELP and be our HERO.

Get tested, mention Del Du-Bois’ name and
even if you are not a match for him you can save someone else’s life
and put Del higher up on the transplant list.

https://www.facebook.com/kidney4del/

You can make a difference.
Please help spread the word to your family members, friends, co-workers,
or any groups you are affiliated with.

Del is listed at multiple hospitals including:

St Barnabas Medical Center Transplant
94 Old Short Hills Rd Ste 1
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-8216

Del’s Best Chances Are From A Living Donor

Del has End Stage Kidney Disease and desperately needs a life-saving donor kidney, blood type O; His best chances are a kidney from a living donor.
You can make a difference.
Please help spread the word to your family members, friends, co-workers,
or any groups you are affiliated with.
Del Du-Bois is registered at RJW Barnabas Health (NJ) https://bit.ly/31gfIOK

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Please call to get tested today.
PLEASE SAVE A LIFE!
Mention Del Du-Bois when you call.
(even if you are NOT type-O, you can still donate a kidney and start a Chain Donation for Del)
Organ donation saves lives for a lot of people.
Be a Hero!

Call/Text Del’s family ~ (732) 485-3522

The Family is Growing

Del & Bobi’s family is growing!

They have two sons, Russ & Mike, and two daughter-in-loves, Lisa & Shruthi. And there is wonderfully exciting news as the family grows bigger.

2011: Mike, Shruthi, Lisa, Hannah, Russ, Kayla, Bobi & Del

Russ and Lisa’s two daughters, Kayla and Hannah, are both engaged!!!
Mike and Shruthi are expecting their second child very soon!!!

Shruthi's Bangle ceremony

Shankar, Nirmalah, Shruthi, Mike, Bobi & Del 2020 – expectant grandparents & parents

There are so many happy celebrations going on and wonderful additions to look forward to.
Del is a wonderful grandfather, his grandchildren call him “Abba”.

But Del STILL needs a kidney. He goes for dialysis three times a week and is so tired each time. We desperately need your help.

Visit our Facebook Page and please SHARE

Del Du-Bois is registered at
RJW Barnabas Health (NJ), Tampa General Hospital (FL), and Renewal.org

Please call to get tested today.
PLEASE SAVE A LIFE.
Mention Del Du-Bois when you call.

(even if you are NOT type-O, you can still donate a kidney and start a Chain Donation for Del)

Help Me Write An HEA

As a romance author I am used to writing Happily Ever After (HEA) endings — I’m hoping that someone will help us to “write” an HEA for my family. My brother, Del (legally my brother-in-law) desperately needs a kidney. Del has Polycystic Kidney Disease and is now in End Stage Kidney Disease. He is registered with RJWBarnabas Health (NJ)  and a few other hospitals as well as with Renewal.

Everywhere I look lately it seems that there are many people needing new kidneys, I’m not a doctor or scientist, but it seems so prevalent. the number of people requiring a kidney transplant has been increasing each year, the number of transplants received has remained at a stable and alarmingly low level over the years.

I read stories about folks searching for matches (living donors provide the best chances AND most of us have two working kidneys so can afford to donate one). It is so heartbreaking thought to read how loving relatives and friends have tried to donate a kidney only to find that they are not compatible matches. I have a suggestion for you…

If you are not a compatible match, see if you are a match for another person in need, like Del, and begin a donation chain in your friend’s name. You will save multiple lives and move your friend’s name closer to the top so that the chances of finding a compatible donation are much greater. Likewise, you can get tested for Del Du-Bois (he needs a type O kidney) and if you are not compatible you can start a donation chain in Del’s name; this goes for any blood type.

Del is a husband, dad, grandfather, brother and a wonderful friend. He has been active in his community and his house of worship, and also with a local observatory where he has helped educate young minds in the study of astronomy. He is very loved by his family and friends alike.

Would you please help give my family, and so many others who need a kidney, a chance for a Happily Ever After? Thank you.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful, happy and healthy holiday season and New Year.

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 Our website
A Kidney for Del Du-Bois

my husband & me, and my sister & Del

my husband & me, and my sister & Del

 

What 37 Million American Adults Don’t Know…

37 Million American Adults Now Estimated to Have Chronic Kidney Disease

Update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still shows most with CKD don’t know they have it
New York, NY – July 17, 2019 – The number of American adults who have chronic kidney disease (CKD) is now estimated to be 37 million – that’s one out of every seven or 15 percent of the adult population – according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The higher estimate in the number of Americans affected by chronic kidney disease, versus statistics reported in previous years, is due to several factors including an aging population and increased prevalence of risk factors such as diabetes and hypertension, according to the CDC.
Approximately 90 percent of people who have CKD are not even aware of it. In fact, one of every two people with very low kidney function, and who are not on dialysis, don’t know they have CKD. The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) estimates that one of every three adults – some 80 million people – is at risk for CKD. It is the 9th leading cause of death in the U.S., killing more people than breast cancer or prostate cancer, according to the CDC.
“Chronic kidney disease is the most under-recognized public health crisis in this country, and now, with 37 million people suffering, it’s time for more Americans finally to take notice,” said Kevin Longino, CEO, National Kidney Foundation. “NKF will continue to lead the way in rallying action on this problem by increasing CKD awareness, prevention, early detection, advocacy for kidney patients, and support for research to improve treatment and outcomes.”
Chronic kidney disease means both kidneys are damaged and losing their ability to keep an individual healthy. Dialysis or a kidney transplant is needed to stay alive.  Kidney failure treated with dialysis or a kidney transplant is called end-stage kidney disease (ESKD).
Other key CDC findings are that CKD is more common in American women (15 percent) than in men (12 percent).  People of African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease. African Americans are about 3 times more likely than Whites to develop ESKD. Compared to non-Hispanics, Hispanics are almost 1.3 times more likely to receive a diagnosis of kidney failure. These minority populations have high rates of diabetes or high blood pressure, putting them at higher risk for ESKD. Risk factors for CKD include having diabetes, high blood pressure, family history of kidney failure, being age 60 or older, obesity, heart disease and past damage to kidneys.
The CDC study, which analyzed adults aged 18 years or older with CKD stages 1-4, used data from the 2013-2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and the CKD Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI) equation.
Kidney Disease Facts
In the United States, 37 million adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease(CKD) – and most aren’t aware of it.  1 in 3 American adults is at risk for CKD.  Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a family history of kidney failure, and being age 60 or older. People of African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease. African Americans are about 3 times more likely than Whites to develop end-stage kidney disease (ESKD or kidney failure). Compared to non-Hispanics, Hispanics are almost 1.3 times more likely to receive a diagnosis of kidney failure.
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive, and longstanding patient-centric organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease in the U.S. For more information about NKF, visit www.kidney.org.

Saint Barnabas Medical Center Living Donor Institute

Kidney Transplant: A Story of Life

The Saint Barnabas Medical Center Living Donor Institute provides:

  • An experienced team of transplant surgeons, physicians, and specialists
  • Advanced minimally-invasive surgical techniques that reduce pain and complications for kidney donors
  • Screening process for donors residing out-of-state or outside the country
  • Research aimed at encouraging living donation as the best option for chronic kidney disease
  • State-of-the-art testing and imaging

Living Donation Options include:

  • Living-related donor transplantation
  • Emotionally-related donor transplantation
  • Living Donor Kidney Exchange Program (patients who have a willing living donor that is not compatible to them)
  • Compatible Share Program
  • Altruistic Living Donation (donors who are not related to the recipient)
  • Program for Incompatible Transplants (ABO and HLA incompatible donor/recipient pairs)

Benefits of Living Donation:

  • On average, a live donor kidney can last about twice as long as a deceased donor kidney
  • Immediate kidney function for the recipient from a living donor than a deceased donor
  • A willing donor receives the emotional benefit by fulfilling their wish to donate
  • A live donor kidney allows the recipient to come off the transplant waiting list, ensuring someone else receives a deceased donor kidney
  • Living donors have a short recovery time. They’re usually back to work in less than a few weeks

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Del Du-Bois is registered RJW Barnabas Health (NJ), Tampa General Hospital (FL), and a few other hospitals. Please specify Del’s name when you call so that your donation goes to him.

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To learn how you can save a life or for more information about kidney donation, please call 718 431-9831 EXT. 209 or email R9196@renewal.org. Renewal’s website is www.life-renewal.org. All inquiries to Renewal are strictly confidential and are without any obligation.

Thank You!

My living donor story by Lori Carlton & the National Kidney Foundation

Before Howard got sick I had never considered living donation. Like most people, I knew so little about the process – and how life-changing it could be for someone I love.

But what if more people understood that they had the power to save a life, Chelle?

During National Donate Life Month, which highlights the need for organ donation across the country, I’m reaching out to share my story in hopes that it will inspire others – even just one person – to take action. Please make a gift, of any amount, to the National Kidney Foundation before April 30th.

Diagnosed in 2008 with Amyloidosis, a rare blood disease that caused his kidneys to fail, my brother-in-law’s quality of life – and his options for treatment – were quickly running out. I watched as this once healthy, active and vibrant person struggled to cope with a rigorous dialysis regimen.

But my real impetus to become a living kidney donor came when my sister, Howard’s partner, was rejected as a viable option for transplant. I remember sitting in the kitchen with my son at the time and hearing the desperation in his voice when he asked, “Isn’t there anyone else who can donate?”

Little did he know, I had already begun the testing process.

I didn’t want to get Howard’s hopes up, and I knew that he would have said no, so I began my testing largely in secret.

Being evaluated to become a living donor was eye-opening; I assumed you had to be 25 and in the peak of health to donate – a misconception that I’m sure many Americans have. Throughout the process I never felt pressured. In fact, the doctors and social workers continually reassured me that I could change my mind at any time. My well-being, both physical and psychological, was always their priority.

On June 25, 2013 I participated in a swap program through Mount Sinai Hospital and donated my kidney to a complete stranger so that Howard could also receive his perfect match.

Swap, or paired exchange programs, are so valuable because they allow patients to receive a kidney even when they aren’t a match for their intended donor – and get off the wait-list sooner. But more people need to know that options like this exist when their loved ones are suffering.

I hope you’ll consider making a contribution to NKF in honor of Donate Life Month, supporting their ongoing efforts to make more kidneys available for transplant.

Sincerely,
Lori Carlton
Living Kidney Donor

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Del needs a Type-O kidney, but YOU don’t have to be Type-O.
You can donate your kidney, specify Del Du-Bois’ name
and YOU CAN SAVE TWO LIVES.
Please help.

Thank you.

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