Kathy Robben Kidney for Kathy

First post: Jun 26, 2018 Latest post: Dec 18, 2020
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.

Kathy’s journey began 33 years ago when she was diagnosed with a rare form of kidney disease called branchio-oto-renial syndrome (BORS).  And so began her first experience with looking (and finding) a living donor and also beginning dialysis.  Many family members were tested, but in the end her younger brother Steve was a perfect match.  Steve graciously gave one of his kidneys to Kathy, which only made their family bond that much stronger.  Each and every year Kathy, Steve and their significant others go out and celebrate the day that Steve gave Kathy the gift of life with one of his kidneys. 

33 years later and we have found out that the one kidney that Kathy has is failing and she will need another kidney.  BORS is hereditary; we know that one of Steve’s children has this syndrome, which means that Kathy’s 2 children and Steve’s 4 children cannot get tested to see if they are matches to their Mother/Aunt.  We are now reaching out to you, our family and friends, to see if you or someone you know would be interested in becoming a living donor to Kathy.

You can help us in this fight in several ways:

1. Spread the word to your family and friends who might know someone who is willing to serve as a donor.  You can start by simply sharing this page.

2. Prayers and positive support are always welcome and much appreciated.

3. We know this is a very powerful and personal gesture – however we would be truly grateful for such a selfless gesture.  Donors go on to live a long and healthy life with just one kidney.

4. All costs incurred by the donor are covered by the recipient health insurance.

5. For more information please call The Christ Hospital at 513-585-1427 or visit their website at www.thechristhospital.com (http://www.thechristhospital.com/)

Thank you for your serious reflection on this topic and taking the time to learn more about it.  In the meantime, let us immediately begin praying for Kathy and anyone in her situation who is waiting for an organ transplant.  Know that you and the members of your family are being remembered in our prayers.