Rod is in his early 50’s and has lived with only one working kidney since birth. The non-functioning kidney was a product of a congenital problem, causing numerous infections and overall stress on his body for the first 25 years of his life...until it was discovered and subsequently managed.
While being dealt such a medical challenge early in life, Rod managed to carve our a very fulfilling life, earning a Masters Degree, and finding a life partner at 20 years old. He built a successful small business and has a rewarding network of friends and family. Unfortunately, over time, Rod developed complications (including diabetes & high blood pressure) that resulted in a kidney disease diagnosis at the age of 40.
Rod has worked closely with his medical team to mitigate advancement of his kidney disease for over a decade. However, in the Spring of 2016 he developed an aggressive infection in his right leg, causing him to become septic and unconscious for three days. This dangerous infection also caused Rod's kidneys to shut down. Between the infection and subsequent IV medications, his one working kidney was harmed and has never recovered.
He has reached the point where a kidney transplant is necessary, and he is actively looking for a donor. He has gone through all of the preliminary testing and has been approved for a transplant at the Mayo Clinic.
Rod is asking for support and assistance to help with the overwhelming costs associated with pre-surgical evaluations, transplant surgery and all that comes in his post-surgical life...including vast anti-rejection medication expenses and travel costs incurred during multiple trips to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
Rod’s blood type is O +, so if you might be interested in seeing of you are a match, please click here:
Thanks you so very much for taking time to consider Rod's story and making a contribution to support such a loving, caring, and hilarious man ;)