Jason Pullman was driving the other day and just happened to pull up behind an SUV with "I NEED A KIDNEY" in the back window. We've since gotten in contact with Connie, the owner of the SUV and we want to help her find a kidney! You can listen to our initial conversation below. We followed up with her recently to find out if any of our listeners were a match so far. You can listen to that conversation below too. You can find out more by clicking right HERE.
I’m 67 years young and live in Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 12, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (a common cause of kidney failure), which I have controlled quite well over the past 50+ years. My 1st husband and I have a beautiful daughter and 3 precious, lively young grandchildren.
My 2nd husband, Michael, is the love of my life and soul mate. I met Michael while paddling our solo canoes on the Cartecay River in Ellijay, Georgia. We’ve been paddling together ever since. We are both American Canoe Association certified whitewater canoe instructors and avid paddlers. We’re also both certified scuba divers; however, because of my dialysis schedule (every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 5:10 AM to about 10 AM) out-of-town trips are out of the question!
I’ve been on the deceased donor wait list for over 4 years, and the wait time in Atlanta is 6 years. The life expectancy for people on dialysis greatly diminishes after 5 years, so my need of a kidney from a living donor is extremely important. Many family members and friends were tested to be my donor but all were disqualified.
PLEASE HELP ME!Even if you are not a match for me after being tested to be my donor, you can still help me. This is because of paired kidney exchanges – an intricate process of mixing and matching recipients and donors in an ever-widening pool until right pairings are found.