My sister needs a kidney!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

My brother-in-law Mike is trying to get the word out about my sister Anne. She is in desperate need of a kidney. We have a page on Facebook about it if anyone is interested or can help get the word out! Thanks, Cathy

A few simple acts could mean the difference whether we find a suitable donor or not. I have realized that we can not ask anyone to donate a kidney to Anne, we just have to get the information out there and if someone is willing, they will come forward. ... This is where the majority of my friends out here can help...Spread the word. A simple act of liking a page & sharing it with your friends could lead to a successful outcome. Do you know a reporter who would be willing to write a story about Anne's search for a kidney? Do you know someone famous who has a large twitter following to help get the message out? (See recent post about Donnie Wahlberg) Do you have an idea on how to get the message out? It may not seem as though Anne is in desperate need for a kidney since she doesnt appear to be sick, but when your kidneys are only functioning around 10%, the time is NOW to kick it in high gear and get her a transplant. Otherwise, within the next few months Anne will have to begin dialysis 3-4 times a week, for 3-4 hours each time. Soooooo..... here is some basic info to share with your contacts: Anne Casale-Skinner 43 y mother of 4 kidney failure cause: polycystic kidney disease (PKD) inherited from her father current kidney function: around 10% (dialysis to begin once you fall below 10%) on transplant list at MGH Boston (expected wait time for a deceased donor 5-7yrs) contact person @ MGH Anne Seaward-Hersh, Donor Coordinator 617-643-6513 for anyone that does call MGH to inquire it is done confidentally and they will not tell us any information, which is fine since we want a potential donor to be able to educate themselves and make a decision without feeling any pressure from us....if you do need further info, check out the calling all kidneys page or the kidney kidney kidney...were not kidding we need a kidney group, on each of those sites there is discussion pages and links that may be helpful. And of course, you can always shoot me a message with any questions, ideas or suggestions...Thank you to everyone that has been so supportive and have taken action, for those that haven't it is not too late even the simple act of sharing a link with your friends may led to a successful transplant!See More
By: Mike Skinner
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    Prayers going up M!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    3153 days ago
    Stay strong, I am sure a donor will come up for your sister.
    3622 days ago
    Thanks Gaylinn! I have 2 brothers that also have the same kidney disease.(polysystic) My older brother had a transplant last year and is doing great. His wife was a perfect match which is unusual. So far, no one else in our family is a match for Anne.

    We have a page on Facebook"calling all kidneys" if any wants more info.
    Thanks, Cathy
    3625 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/15/2011 4:07:28 PM
    I am so sorry about your sister's kidney problem. I pray that she has a compatible donor in the very near future. Keep up your hope and don't get discouraged. I will post a link to your blog on my other teams besides CruisinON.

    Hugs, Gaylinn
    3628 days ago
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