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 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.
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.