In 2001, Richard was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease. This is hereditary disorder that causes the kidneys to develop cysts that impact their functioning. We always knew that this diagnosis would likely mean he would need a kidney transplant. Over the next decade his disorder progressed and was managed with medication and monitoring. It wasn't until last year that his kidney functioning decreased to the point of requiring dialysis; though he has endured several life quality impacting side-effects.
On March 31st at 1am Richard got "the call". A potential match kidney was available and was being flown to Portland. Richard and his family rushed to the VA Hospital to start preliminary testing and assessment and a few hour later Richard got the green light for transplant. After 11 hours of surgery, Richard received and incredible blessing; a new, healthy kidney. We've created this site to keep friends and family updated on Richard's recovery and new life. We are thankful to God as our ultimate physician who provided so fully for Richard. We continue to appreciate your prayers, support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.