In late 2016, Danilo Duran, age 35, was diagnosed with lymphoma. After arduous chemotherapy treatments, he achieved remission status.
But he fell into renal failure. Since then, has performed hemodialysis -- long hours hooked up to machines at home in between work shifts during the day and throughout the overnight -- a substitute for the kidney required for him to survive. He patiently waited the minimum two years for his kidney donation candidacy (commonly five to 10 years if a cancer is deemed genetic). So when the anniversary arrived, he was ready to find a match.
The Match to Save His Life
The Covid-19 pandemic hit and put the transplant program on hold earlier this year. Thankfully, it reopened and after more medical tests, he found a prospective direct living-donor match through the program at RWJ St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston with a surgery planned for January 2021.
Friendship with a Caribbean Snowman
The Ramapo College graduate and member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity is an uncle, brother, mentor and well-respected IT employee at a New Jersey law firm. But since meeting 20 years ago through mutual classmates, I've known him as a true gentleman, cheerful "Caribbean Snowman," and beautiful friend from all of our adventures in Manhattan, to volunteering together on walks, races, and mission trips with orphans in Jamaica. And he always supports my passion for writing, my career, and wellbeing. He's my platonic, ride-or-die buddy for life.
How You can Help
But his fight is not yet complete. Danilo needs financial support due to unforeseen transplant surgery expenses. Any complication may once again put his life in danger. Help Danilo prepare for the decades of life he deserves by contributing to this GoFundMe campaign and help him finish the fight!
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