live kidney donor

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Why it’s important for scientists to study obscure things

For years, the kidney donation system had a heartbreaking problem: Many people are willing to donate a kidney to a loved one, but are incompatible due to blood type and other factors.

At the time, less than 20 people received kidneys from living donors. (Receiving a kidney from a living donor leads to much better outcomes for the patient.)

The solution to this problem —like many inventions and modern innovations— was built on decades of odd and obscure research.

When economists Gale and Shapley began their work on matchmaking, their research was mainly theoretical and abstract. But their insights provided the foundation for breakthroughs that had a real impact on people’s lives.

Read about their journey of discovery

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My cousin Matt Anderson is in end stage renal failure. He wants to stick around and raise his beautiful boy. His blood type is O. Please share this post in hopes we can find a living kidney donor. If interested, please contact Sean Cash, Living Donor Coordinator, KU Med Center. 913-588-0266. Thank you❤️

(Note: we only had one donor option, who was ruled out last night due to a medical anomaly. He doesn’t have time to be put on the list. We are devastated and desperate for help/resources. Please put yourself in my family’s shoes. If you knew Matt, you’d care this much too.)

Update, Feb. 14, 2015

My father is doing poorly and his condition is precluding a tissue match right now– everything is on hold as far as a living donation right now, and I will give an update as soon as there is more info. I want to sincerely thank everyone who has reached out, thank you for your support and love and prayers. God bless.

5.5 Recovery Miles

With no kids at home Beth and I slept in this morning before heading out for a recovery run. One of the great things about the Minneapolis area is the diversity of running/biking trails. We run on the Luce Line near our house quite often but today we drove to a Luce Line trail head in Watertown, 15 miles away. We’d never run there before and it was great; nothing but crop and horse farms and the trail all to ourselves.

One of the best letters I’ve ever received

Today I received the first communication from Maxine, the recipient of the kidney I donated last December.  Her 3 page letter filled my heart and reminded me of the difference we can make in the lives of others.  

I had always imagined the phone call from the Mayo clinic telling her that a live donor kidney was coming and her story was better than I hoped.  Her entire letter was joyful and I appreciate the details she shared.  Here’s my favorite quote,

“When I woke up it was the most AMAZING feeling.  Like, I wasn’t sick anymore.  The doctors were so amazed at how well my body took to the new kidney.  As soon as they attached it, it was working.

An altruistic kidney donation is a bit like sending a message in a bottle; because the whole process is anonymous you’re not sure if the kidney survived, if the other person is doing well, etc.  But now I know that Maxine and her family are doing great and I’m thrilled.  It was totally worth it.