Gifts of Extraodinary Kidney Care

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On June 8, 2011, the very day our son David was to receive my left kidney, he died of Hypertensive Encephalopathy caused by complications of Kidney Failure, Dialysis and Transplant preparation medication. David was just 18 years old. 
There  is no description that can convey the level of devastation we felt in losing our child, especially when we were holding on to the hope of transplant that day.
We made a choice in those devastating hours and that was to honour our beautiful son in ways that he chose to live his life through his critical illness. We made the choice to help others like David, those living with Kidney Disease which has NO CURE. The best way I could think of to do this was to complete that kidney donation; so on May 13, 2015 I donated the kidney that was meant to save our son to another mother's little 2 year old boy. It worked beautifully and he is about to celebrate his 6th birthday.
We also want to enable Renal  patients to focus on their health and not have the added financial stress of hospital parking fees, transportation to and from Dialysis Treatments, Life Saving Medication, much of which is NOT covered by ANY health care plan.
In addition to this we are hoping to fund the purchase of at least 2 Continuous Care Renal Replacement Therapy Machines for the most fragile Kidney Patients in ICU. These machines are slower and more gentle for the patient, keeping  blood pressure better regulated and therefore the  patient safer and more stable.
Dialysis patients are having toxins removed from their blood either through Peritoneal or Hemo Dialysis and these patients are always very cold. Best practices ensure the comfort and quality of care so blanket warming units are necessary for every dialysis site, we are hoping to fund units for many hospitals.
All dialysis patients endure extra and excessive costs in order to maintain their fragile health. Some of these costs include blood pressure machines, expensive scales, home renovations to accommodate the heavy supplies and the machine that is required to perform Life Sustaining Dialysis treatment in the home, the added cost of hydro and water that is required to run these treatments, among so many other special cleaning supplies to keep the patient safe and free from infections that are often painful and some deadly. We want to ease this financial burden from these patients who are attached to a machine anywhere from 4 hours - 3 or 4 times per week or as in David's case 12 hours per day - 7 days per week.
We hope that you can help us reach our goal that will make the lives of so many Kidney Patients much less stressful.
Thank you for your consideration.

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  • Anita Mander 
    • $30 
    • 2 mos
  • Khalil Sheriff 
    • $10 
    • 3 mos
  • Salima Mohammed 
    • $25 
    • 3 mos
  • Aminah Hosein 
    • $25 
    • 3 mos
  • Salisha Hosein 
    • $25 
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Michelle MacKinnon 
Niagara Falls, ON
The David Gregory MacKinnon Memorial Foundation 
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