They say true love shows itself in time of need and this is a story about such love. For David Flores and Britney Lizama, they are the perfect match in more ways than one. Flores has been a firefighter with the Guam Fire Department for 17 years.
Guam Fire Department chief Joey San Nicolas said, “He pretty much epitomizes what a firefighter should be – he’s dedicated himself to public service and is always there even doing things off duty to represent the department.” It was early last year when Flores was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and coronary artery disease. READ MORE>>
Tossing several varieties of herbal tea on his kitchen table, resident Michael Vastarelli made a selection as water boiled in the kettle. His rescue dog, Cookie, gnawed on a toy, trying to get at the peanut butter hidden inside.
But Mr Vastarelli’s attention soon wandered from the steam rising from his mug and Cookie’s wagging tail. He was seeing the past — a time in 2006 when he was 26, and received a diagnosis of Alport syndrome, a form of kidney disease. He was in a relationship, and would soon start a new job. Also around that time was a routine doctor’s appointment, which led to a specialist, his diagnosis, and, eventually, his life with dialysis. READ MORE>>
Justin Griner, father to the internet’s most famous, determined, focused child, has raised just shy of US$100k on Go Fund Me to fund a much-needed kidney transplant.
Diagnosed with kidney disease back in 2006 – shortly before the picture of his son Sam, then aged 11 months, went absolutely viral – Justin went through full kidney failure in 2009. Read More>>
With 34 donors and 34 recipients, Chain 357, nicknamed a “chain of love,” is the country’s largest-ever multi-hospital kidney transplant chain. The National Kidney Registry worked with 26 hospitals across the country to make sure every link of the chain connected.
Since Jan. 6, the chain has bounced across the country, including stops at MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute in Washington, D.C.; Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.; University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, Va.; and two bouts at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Md. READ MORE>>
Alexis Tovar runs around her grandma’s home, takes toy trucks out of a cabinet and plays with them, then looks for a deck of cards, all the while chattering on about one thing or another.
The girly girl, who is dressed head to toe in purple with pink polish on her toenails, who loves “Frozen” and Sofia the First, is a 4-year-old bundle of energy and smiles.
All thanks to her half sister, Marissa. READ MORE>>
Selena Clingan used an Internet fundraising site to tell the story of her battle with kidney disease — and of her joy in learning the man she had married was her perfect match as a donor.
Transplant experts at Tampa General Hospital, where the operation was to occur, said the odds against a matching spouse are so high they had never come across it before.
Then, the day before surgery this week, Clingan returned to her Web page to post heartbreaking news: A final cross match done before the operation determined that, because of a last-minute elevation in Selena’s antibodies, the Brandon couple are no longer compatible. READ MORE>>