Julia Kleyman--an active, successful young woman--needs your help.
She is in end stage renal failure due to chronic kidney disease--IgA nephropathy--that has progressively destroyed her kidney function overthe last ten years. She is looking for a living kidney donor. Julia is
in Boston waiting for a transplant, and out of 14 friends and family members that have already been tested as potential donors, all have disqualified because they are either an incompatible blood type or they have underlying health issues that disqualify them.
Julia is 28 years old, and a long-time resident of Newton, MA. She graduated from Newton North High School in 2001 with a variety of awards and honors including the Argento Language Award and the Stephen
Bottemley/Murray Road Scholarship Award. She speaks five languages. In 2005, Julia graduated and from Brandeis University with high honors. During and after college, Julia taught high school grades 11 and 12 in
the Boston Public school system (Charlestown High School). Most recently, Julia works as Sr. Applied Scientist for Bruker Elemental, focusing on applications of non-destructive analytical chemistry to art conservation and archaeology.
Through living donation, a healthy person can donate one of their kidneys and continue to live a perfectly normal, healthy life. Living donors allow those in need to circumvent the need for dialysis (which
can be extremely hard on the body and reduce the longevity of a donor kidney once transplanted). Kidneys from living donors also offer a number of superior benefits, from greater success rates to nearly double
the years of function. A kidney from a living donor can easily last twenty or thirty years, whereas a kidney transplant from a deceased donor typically only lasts ten to fifteen years in the recipient's body. Recovery time for the donor is 2-3 days in the hospital, and about 4 weeks to full recovery (with no heavy lifting for 3 months).
Living donors not only help those in need get a healthy "living" kidney (when they need one); they also prevent those in need from getting sicker (or dying) while they wait. More information about being a living
kidney donor can be found here: http://www.kidneyregistry.org/living_donors.php?cookie=1
This video also does a fantastic job describing what it entails to be a living kidney donor: http://www.columbiasurgery.net/2011/07/13/new-youtube-video-about-kidney...
We am looking for potential donors that meet the following criteria:
-“O” blood type
-Free of Diabetes or Hypertension (high blood pressure)
-Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or below
-Under 60 years of age, and over 25
Do you know anyone who might consider donating a kidney if they were healthy enough to do so? If anyone you know may be interested in being a kidney donor to Julia, or to get more information, please write Deblyn
Palella at the following address: email@example.com
Check out Julia's website here for more info: http://www.savejulia.com/