A Kidney for Del

A Kidney for Del
by Sharon S.

I first met Del and Bobi nearly forty years ago when our families were amongst the first residents of a new development in Piscataway.  We shared a common bond of establishing ourselves, our homes and families in a new environment so it was only natural that we all became friends.  Having moved in during the winter months it wasn’t until spring when we all were able to truly get to know each other.  We would often see Del working outside and time would be spent talking about what we were doing or whatever plans we had for our homes.  Del always had so many ideas and thoughts and it was a pleasure to talk with him.  Our friendships grew as the years went by and despite my family moving, we kept in touch with Del and Bobi even coming to visit us in upstate New York.  I remember how happy it was for us to see them again, a true pleasure.

One of the things that always impressed me about Del and Bobi was their love and dedication to each other and their family.  It’s hard for me to separate them because I see them as a single unit, holding strong, supporting each other completely throughout so many years.  They are always there for each other no matter what, good times and bad.  I especially see that now during this time which could test anyone’s relationship but not theirs.  Sadly, I understand what they are both going through and I know what it takes to remain hopeful and positive.  You see, my husband was a diabetic for many years and despite his efforts, he ended up on dialysis seven years ago.  Now I know Del’s situation is different, but the end result is the same – dialysis while waiting for a kidney.  My husband passed suddenly while in his third year on the waiting list, with an estimated two more years of a wait.  I understand the wait has increased to six years now and I find that heartbreaking.

Del & Bobi, children & grandchildren, 2011

Del is in a serious situation, not by choice, and he needs help, he needs a kidney.  He is a good man, a good husband, a good father and grandfather and he deserves more years to continue being a loving and strong presence for his family.

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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.

He is working with Renewal, a remarkable non-profit organization.

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. They can also put you in touch with others who have donated a kidney and are willing to share their experience. All medical costs for evaluation and surgery are covered by the recipient’s insurance. Ancillary costs such as travel expenses and lodging, may be covered by Renewal.

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My Uncle & a Kidney

a letter to Renewal about Del Du-Bois

On occasion, you hear about a noble organization that makes a difference.

 On occasion, you have a family member who needs a kidney transplant.
In my happiest of days, that organization could help your family member.
My family member who needs a kidney is my uncle Del.  A brilliant and kind man, I can remember learning about science and the skies with him since I was small.  He’d boost me and my cousin up to see into a telescope.   He’d point out stars and planets and I even have a photo of some of Jupiter’s moons that He helped me take.
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Del, Michael, Jenni & Mark circa 1987

Now when I look at the stars, it seems fitting to wish upon one that my uncle could find a kidney donor.
I actually wish that every person needing an organ could have one, but I’m so honored to get to write to you about this one in particular.
My family and I love him very much and would be grateful if your organization were able to help.  Thank you for everything you do and thank you for taking the time to hear about my uncle Del.
 With Thanks,
 Jenni
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Del now has End Stage Kidney Disease and desperately needs a life-saving donor kidney, blood type O. He is working with Renewal, a remarkable non-profit organization.

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. They can also put you in touch with others who have donated a kidney and are willing to share their experience. All medical costs for evaluation and surgery are covered by the recipient’s insurance. Ancillary costs such as travel expenses and lodging, may be covered by Renewal.

Please send this post to people with whom you email. You never know whether there is someone who will respond to this urgent need.

Please help save my dad!

Del Du-Bois has End Stage Kidney Disease and desperately needs a life-saving donor kidney, blood type O.  He is working with Renewal, a remarkable non-profit organization. They have found an email campaign to be an effective technique, and it’s best to cast as wide a net as possible.

My name is Russell Du-Bois, the oldest son of Del and Barbara Du-Bois. My Father is extremely ill and is in desperate need of a transplant, a living donor is the best option.

Russ, Michael & Del
late 1980s

I would donate a kidney except for the fact I am A+ and I also have a cyst on one of my kidneys as well. Please don’t ignore the request for this urgent need. 

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. They can also put you in touch with others who have donated a kidney and are willing to share their experience. All medical costs for evaluation and surgery are covered by the recipient’s insurance. Ancillary costs such as travel expenses and lodging, may be covered by Renewal.

Please send this post to people with whom you email. You never know whether there is someone who will respond to this urgent need.

G-d bless you all for allowing me to relay this message from all of us!

 

A few thoughts about Del

He is my brother…

by Chelle Cordero

When my older sister was dating there were a few times when I got to tag along to go to the circus or some special park, but it was always just getting to be with my big sister and her date. Then Del came around and it was like I had a big brother.

I remember when he walked me to a friend’s house, I think it was dusk and my mom was worried about my walking alone so he offered to escort me, we passed a gentleman slumped on a nearby building stoop and everyone was passing him by and muttering that he was a vagrant, but Del stopped. It wound up that the guy wasn’t feeling well and Del helped him reach a neighbor to assist. When everyone else walked by Del took the time to care and when a few curious passersby stopped to look I proudly said, “My brother is helping the man.”

Del has always stepped up and taken care of his family and others. When my widowed mom had a debilitating stroke Del was there for her, constantly and he was strong for the rest of us when she passed away.

Mark, Chelle, Bobi & Del
2015

When I started dating my husband-to-be, Del made sure to meet him and check him out. At my wedding when a precious cake knife that had been a gift went missing in the catering hall, Del made sure to find it. He’s been a loving father raising two handsome sons and bursts with pride at the mention of his grandchildren.  He held my son for his Brit Milah and has always been loving and watchful for both my daughter and my son. At my children’s Bat and Bar Mitzvahs Del was very much the proud uncle and he let everyone know it!

A little more than half a year ago my husband suffered a stroke and once again Del was there with concern, encouragement, and shoulders to lean on. Legally he is my brother-in-law, but the in-law is just a technicality. I remember when folks used to ask my dad didn’t he wish he had a son my father always answered, “My daughters will bring me sons.” Well my sister brought me a brother.

Del now has End Stage Kidney Disease and desperately needs a life-saving donor kidney, blood type O. He is working with Renewal, a remarkable non-profit organization.

To learn how you can save a life or for more information about kidney donation, please call (718) 431-9831 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. They can also put you in touch with others who have donated a kidney and are willing to share their experience. All medical costs for evaluation and surgery are covered by the recipient’s insurance. Ancillary costs such as travel expenses and lodging, may be covered by Renewal.

I pray every night that Del will receive the gift of a kidney because I am selfish, my family needs him for a whole lot longer. Please send this post to people with whom you email. You never know whether there is someone who will respond to this urgent need.

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.

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. They can also put you in touch with others who have donated a kidney and are willing to share their experience. All medical costs for evaluation and surgery are covered by the recipient’s insurance. Ancillary costs such as travel expenses and lodging, may be covered by Renewal.

Del is also registered with RJWBarnabas Health (NJ) and a few other hospitals.

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.