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Jeff is battling end-stage renal disease.
Jeff needs a kidney transplant.
Hear Jeff's story at NBC 5, the Concord Monitor, and The Herald!
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There are several tests that are conducted to determine whether a potential donor is a good candidate. Anyone with diabetes, current cancer, active kidney stones, HIV+ or less than 21 years is not eligible to donate. For the right person, kidney donation is low-risk.
The costs for all associated medical expenses are covered by Jeff's insurance, including the surgery.
Contact with the transplant group is confidential. They cannot talk to Jeff or his family about anyone who contacts them regarding a donation.
Jeff is a listed recipient with three area donation centers, if you are interested in donating contact the one that is most convenient to you:
Dartmouth Medication Center, learn more
University of Vermont Kidney Center, learn more
Mass General Hospital, learn more and contact
Jeff wants awareness for all donations, living, and deceased. We know that not everyone reading this story will be able to donate. You can still help by sharing this website on your social media and spreading the word!
Thank you for your time!
Jeff is in desperate need of a new kidney. In 2008 he received a kidney transplant that served him well. In the fall of 2019, it began to fail.
At the start of 2020, his previous transplant was removed and he was placed on a transplant list. While waiting, his kidney function completely failed. He has no kidney function and started hemodialysis in February 2021. Because his kidneys no longer work, the only way to remove fluids that used to pass through his bladder is by dialysis.
In June 2021, Jeff moved to home dialysis to provide more flexibility and more frequent, gentler dialysis.
Dialysis is 4 hr/per day, four times a week, and leaves Jeff feeling lousy and wiped out for the rest of the day. He feels like a shell of himself on dialysis days.
Support during dialysis never hurts
The color of the mustache changes but love never does
Showing the kids how to corn hole
Taking in the Patriots
2018 AFC Championship game
Susan, Jeff's wife of 43 years is a wife, partner, and now a dialysis technician. She runs every dialysis session and manages equipment and deliveries while caring for the love of her life. This means calling the medical team about machine alarms and being in every donation meeting while putting her husband's needs before her own.
Sue has put her husband's care above doing things she loves, like traveling, exploring the outdoors, and being active in her community.
A donation will give both Jeff and Susan a new chance to experience life!
Dialsys changed Jeff's life in numerous ways. His diet and liquid intake are drastically different. Dialysis means Jeff can drink less than 16 oz a day. After his 8oz coffee (his one remaining indulgence), that leaves him a few sips of water throughout the day, mostly for meds. This was a huge adjustment for him as he loved beverages we all do.... craft beer, wine, milk and water. He has given up all of those things and many foods that contain minerals or elements that dialysis cannot remove safely.
Dialysis treatments are Mon, Wed, Fri, and Sun which makes travel very difficult. There are centers where he can receive treatment if they are in close proximity to a destination and if they have an opening. Even then it requires 1-2 months' notice and lots of coordination.
Dialysis patients are at much greater risk for heart complications and Jeff learned this firsthand in late August 2021. He had two heart attacks within two weeks and subsequent triple bypass surgery.
This came as a real surprise since his heart tested healthy just a few weeks prior to these cardiac events. This meant he missed deer season, something that he had done every year since he was a boy. Even something as simple as going to a Patriots game requires months of notice to find dialysis.
Jeff has two grown sons who have three kids of their own and an extended family. We need to keep him in our lives and let him enjoy the people he loves.
This means getting him a kidney as soon as possible.
Due to changes in kidney allocations, there are few kidneys from deceased donors available in New England.
There is a wait time of 5-7 years for this type of donation.
The best chance Jeff has of getting a kidney is through a living donor.
We are asking for your help. Please share Jeff's need with everyone you know. There is no greater gift!
Thank you for reading and thank you for your help,
Jeff's loving family