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Kidney Donation Needed | Help Find a Kidney Donor


Dear Friends -

Yes, I was diagnosed with FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulo-Sclerosis) when I was about 30 years old.  I was told that by age 40-45, I'd need dialysis or a transplant.  Well, I've beaten those odds by far (as I'm now 56) and NOT on dialysis!  In fact, I still work 6 days a week and continue to sell hundreds of houses each year (thanks to the medicines I've taken for 20 years, and the fabulous team I'm blessed to work with)!

While I'm now at Stage 5 or End Stage Renal Failure, I am still not on dialysis and need a kidney transplant to avoid dialysis and keep on keepin' on!  These days, a kidney transplant means about 3-4 weeks off work, then back stronger than ever!  And live kidney donations are made laparoscopically, minimizing time off for the donor. 

Many of my family and friends have applied to donate, but St. Luke's is very careful to ensure that whoever donates one kidney can survive the rest of their life with only 1 kidney.  Thus, for one reason or another, each has been denied.  They have suggested that I begin to "tell my story," to see if there is anyone out there who would consider donating a kidney.  It's an act of human kindness and an outward expression of genuine care.  Won't you please read this information?

Thank you for your consideration, your time, and your support.  Meanwhile, I'll keep on selling houses!  -Sam Ferreri

(PS:  I am blessed in that kidney failure is treatable -- either with dialysis or a transplant.  Transplantation provides a far superior lifestyle -- almost normal -- as compared to dialysis which takes a huge amount of time and energy.  I am nowhere near death and I continue to function normally, day-by-day.  Additionally, Houston hospitals -- including the Cooley Transplant Center at St. Luke's -- do not have active marketing for finding kidney donors!  This was thought to be "unethical" until very recently -- and why???  Who knows?)


This is an Open Letter from St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital

If you'd consider donating a kidney, or know someone who would, please call Elizabeth Martin at 832-355-7061, or Priscilla Sloan at 832-355-5330 or their assistant, Michelle, at 832-355-3154.


Kidney Letter

Long Term Consequences of Kidney Donation?  None -- Read the New England Journal of Medicine Study


Also, I received this email from a client on 10/18/12:

A customer on your RE/MAX of Texas web site has sent you a message.

(Printed with permission)

Sam, My sister had a kidney transplant last year and is doing well, hers was as a result of PKD. Her donor has seen no ill effects as a result of the donation and she has said she would do it all over again. [emphasis added]  My family and I wish you well and the best of luck in your search for a kidney. I already know neither of us are suitable for a donor but good luck and God bless. John Cathey


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