Pete and Sarah Wildeman

First post: Dec 11, 2017 Latest post: Feb 10, 2018
Friends and Family of Pete and Sarah,  Welcome to Pete and Sarah's CaringBridge website.  

As most of you know Pete has been living with a diagnosis of end stage renal disease (kidney failure) for years related to an autoimmune disease he has had since he was 19 years old.  Pete has been on a transplant list for a cadaver kidney through his doctor in New York for a long time.  Pete has also been pursuing the possibility of a live transfer, as a live kidney has less of a chance of rejection and provides a longer life span for the recipient.  A number of Pete's friends have been screened over the last year as possible donors but have all been disqualified for various reasons.  Sarah started the screening process in August and was approved to be Pete's kidney donor this past week.  The kidney transplant is scheduled for December 12th in New York City.   Sarah will be in New York from December 11 to December 22 as part of her recovery from surgery.  Pete will stay in New York for a minimum of two months, possibly three, due to ongoing immunosuppressant drug therapy post-surgery.  John Paul, Jessica, and Josie will be with Sarah's parents in Florida while Sarah is in New York.  Pete's mom will be traveling up to New York with Sarah and Pete and helping to care for them before and after surgery.  

This website is a way to communicate updates with friends and family and will also function as a centralized place to share ways to support Pete and Sarah during this time.  This is such an exciting and hope-filled but inevitably stressful time for both of them.  We will be posting regular updates on the CaringBridge site so everyone has the most up to date information about their surgery and recovery.  

For those of you who would like to offer thoughts and prayers for Pete and Sarah during the actual surgery, the surgery is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12.  Pete and Sarah will be in surgery together, side by side, and the surgery is expected to last five to six hours.  Surgery will be at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

Pete and Sarah are so grateful for each and every one of you and your presence in their lives.  Thank you so much for your support and for visiting this site.  

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