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May 26, 2020
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Scott was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) about 15 years ago. This is a hereditary disease, which his father and grandmother both had. We knew at that time that he would either need a kidney transplant or be on dialysis about the same age that his father got real sick - age 59 - which is his age right now! With life going on as usual, things health wise were going well for years! His kidney function numbers were slowly dropping (recently) and soon we needed to consider either a transplant or dialysis. He opted for the transplant; so began the hunt for a donor. As fate would have it, Scott would have a more rare blood type (B), but a donor stepped forward who was willing to donate on his behalf to someone else so we could find a kidney through a “paired” match program through the Mayo Clinic! We just received word today, May 9th, that his surgery has been scheduled at Rochester for May 22nd. His donor match is someone from Arizona who will have the surgery in the morning of the 22nd and then they will fly the kidney up to Rochester and his transplant will take place in the afternoon. The person who is donating on his behalf is a friend from college. We are so grateful and thankful for them to consider this life saving donation on Scott’s behalf! My understanding is that they will be donating their kidney sometime in the first part of June to someone else. Out of this one paired donation, it is my understanding that up to 8 people could benefit by getting a kidney (pairing several people to make a chain of donors and donees!).