Wednesday, September 26, 2018

GOOD NEWS UPDATE
We have received an overwhelming response through Facebook and this website.  So much so that Johns Hopkins has indicated that we probably have enough directed donor applicants for Aidan. 

It takes several months to complete donor testing - so if the current group of potential donors doesn't meet the hospital's donor criteria and, if you still want to be considered as a donor for Aidan, then please call the Johns Hopkins Living Kidney Donor Team at 410-614-9345.

Nurses there will take some preliminary information and contact you at a later date should we still have need.

Aidan Tucker

AND, please know that Johns Hopkins treats other sick children and adults who desperately need a kidney.  If you were moved to donate for Aidan, please consider offering your kidney for someone else at the hospital, particularly if you are in the DC/Baltimore area.

Another fantastic option for people in the U.S. and Canada who are interested in donating to one of the more than 130,000 people waiting for a kidney is DonorToDonor.com.  You can complete a brief Donor Interest Form to indicate your possible interest in kidney donation. 

Please know that Aidan and his family all thank you and wish you godspeed.

We will update Aidan's progress here as we move forward. We are all a part of this beautiful, complicated thing called humankind and the glue that keeps it all together is our ability to reach out and help each other when we can.   Our heartfelt thanks go to all of you.

Sincerely,
Jennifer and Michael Tucker
for our son Aidan

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ORIGINAL POST

Please Help Save our Son's Life by Sharing this Post:
Our 16 year-old son Aidan needs a kidney to live.  Not necessarily your kidney, but someone's.  You can help simply by sharing this post on FaceBook and elsewhere. Together we can find that angel willing to do the extraordinary by giving the gift of life to save our son Aidan.

Aidan Tucker

Aidan has end-stage renal failure with only 21% kidney function remaining and dropping. Aidan needs an angel to step forward to save his life by donating a kidney (blood type O).  Tall order.  We know.  It's a big ask.  So we are not asking.  But we are asking for help in another way - by sharing this post - even if you're not a donor.

Sharing this website address (Kidney4Aidan.com) with a short message on Facebook or other social media mentioning Kidney4Aidan.com can bring our need to the attention of someone who might be a donor.

As we grow our audience, Aidan's chance of receiving a life-saving kidney transplant increases greatly.

Who is Aidan?
Our son Aidan is a sensitive, bright young man just beginning his life.  He is now in high school and is interested in computer game design and all things computer.  Aidan just earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is starting to learn to drive.  People tend to notice Aidan's sweet sense of humor and his smile.  He loves to make others feel better.
Aidan Tucker
Aidan has hopes and aspirations like any kid.  But his greatest hope is for a kidney transplant soon so that he can live a normal life.

We need your help.  Sharing this website address could save his life.

How to Help Aidan:

I need your help to find a kidney donor so I can live.

Please give us 15 minutes (or more) to tell the world about Aidan and this website (Kidney4Aidan.com).
  • Email: Send this website to your friends (all of them) by email.
  • Facebook: Post a small note on Facebook with a link to this website (icon above).
  • LinkedIn: Post a small note on LinkedIn with a link to this website (icon above).
  • Other Social Media Sites: Post a small note with a link to this website (icons below). 
Ask your contacts, readers, friends and acquaintances to share this post to give our message exponential distribution.  
 
Why this is So Serious - Our Son's Options: 
Most people have two well-functioning kidneys but can lead a full and equally healthy life with just one kidney.  Both of his kidneys are almost fully shut down.  So, medically Aidan now has only two options to continue living:
  • dialysis (diminshed quality of life)
  • transplant (a new lease on life)
According to USRDS data, Kidney transplant recipients fare far better than dialysis patients. 

Paired Kidney Exchange:
Since 2001, Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center has participated in paired kidney exchanges. A paired kidney exchange, also known as a “kidney swap,” occurs when a living kidney donor is incompatible with the recipient.  If an incompatible donor wants to donate their kidney for Aidan and is willing to participate in a donor swap, Aidan's donor's kidney would be swapped with another donor's kidney that is incompatible with their recipient but whose kidney is compatible with Aidan's body.  That saves two lives.

If You'd Like More Information:
For more information, watch this short video where Transplant surgeon Dorry Segev discusses the kidney transplant waiting list, living kidney donors, surgery, recovery and the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center where Aidan is registered.



To Speak with Someone Confidentially:
If you'd like to speak with someone confidentially (without disclosing your inquiry to us), please call Johns Hopkins Living Kidney Donor Team at 410-614-9345 and ask to speak with a donor coordinator about our son, Aidan Tucker.  They do not inform us of inquiries.  We learn of a donor only after that donor has completed testing and is approved for transplant.

Speaking with a staff member is much better than speaking with us.  They know far more than we do and you will get better information from them.  So please, feel free to contact them.

Keep in mind that a confidential phone call to the hospital does not come with any obligations to proceed further.  Your questions will be answered by a qualified person who is familiar with my case.

Also, see "What Kidney Donors Need to Know: Before, During and After Donation." 

Ned Brooks, Altruistic Kidney Donor

Help Us by Sharing.  Unfortunately, "Likes" are Not Enough:
So, please help us by sharing this post with your Facebook and other friends.  Please do more than "like" or comment.  Likes and comments are the "hopes and prayers" of social media.  Shares = action, the action needed here.

Together, we can do this.  Sharing this post could help Aidan immensely.  You could save his life.

I need your help to find a kidney donor so I can live.

Thank you,

Michael and Jennifer Tucker
for our son Aidan


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About Costs: Reasonable cost reimbursement is legal.  Title III of The National Organ Transplant Act, 1984, Pub. L. 998-507, allows for reasonable payments associated with the removal, transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, and storage of human organs as well as for the expenses of travel, housing, and lost wages incurred by the donor of a human organ in connection with the donation of that organ.   While reimbursement of expenses is legal, payment for the acquisition of an organ is not.

In addition, our medical insurance covers the costs of medical care and hospitalization for the donor as well as for the recipient.

146 comments:

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    1. I am 63 and A+ is that too old ?

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    2. No, in general, the cutoff age is 70.
      The donor is subjected to some testing (EKG, stress test, etc.) to ensure that they can survive the rigors of the surgery and recovery. The MDs will also check to make sure both of your kidneys are healthy. There are cases where a healthy person has one good kidney and one weak one.
      They will not allow you to donate if both aren’t healthy

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    3. How do I find out if I'm compatible for anyone who needs a kidney?

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    4. If my kidney is compatible he's welcome to it. I'm type O positive blood

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    5. I’m 37. O+. Please reach out to me via FB messenger. Krissy McCall.

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    1. I am O+ and would be honored to help your son. I will be 56- is that too old?

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  3. I wish I could be a living donor but, I cannot because of high blood pressure. What I can and will do is share your story!! We are praying for Aidan and others who have the same needs. God bless you all!

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    1. Thank you. Sharing the Kidney4Aidan.com website helps to spread awareness of Aidan’s desperate need for a kidney donor so that he may live.

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  4. The people that can & do, God Bless Ya!

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  5. I have shared this post. I pray that you find a match for Aidan. I wish that I was compatible.

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  6. My daughter, Jamie, received a kidney through the Paired Exchange a little over a year and a half ago. She was diagnosed in her junior year of high school at age 17. A year later, just before graduation, we were told that she woukd need a transplant in about six months. Over the summer it became apparent that she would soon need dialysis. Jamie began hemodialysis the day before she was to move into her freshman dorm as an emergency. We pulled her out of school, and 7 months later she had a PD catheter put in her abdomin so that she could start college the following fall. After a few dissappointments, she was finally transplanted on March 21, 2017. She is now a college junior, studying nursing, and doung very well. As the parent of a child in need of a kidney transplant, I know what you are going through. I manage a page on FB called Finding Jamie A Kidney. I keep it running now even though Jamie has received her wonderful kidney, in order to help others. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can help you in any way I’d be happy to offer a sympathetic ear or advise if you need it. Thanks, Lori Westphal πŸ’š

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  7. I will share this post. My thoughts and prayers are for you-Aiden and a donor.
    ETA 🌹

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  8. I, too, have hypertension. And a couple other things. I'm likely not a good candidate. May I offer something, though? I publish videos I have made, on YouTube. From time to time I make a video for a particular individual for some special reason. There is, of course, no charge or obligation for this. It's just a way to give. I would like to make a video for Aiden, perhaps for one of this favorite songs or one that has special meaning for him. If this is of any interest to you, you can contact me at author3000@author3000.com. My YouTube channel is chrisrogers3000 (www.youtube.com/chrisrogers3000).

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  9. I have shared this post. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless you and your son.

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  10. Bright Blessings to you and your son. I have shared this. I would love to donate but I have hypertension and mild to moderate renal disease.

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  11. Yes. Please see contact info on Kidney4Aidan.com. You can phone the John Hopkins Living Kidney Transplant Donor Team at 410-614-9345.

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    1. Did this today, I will wait to hear if I can move forward to lab testing.

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  12. I am 0 positive, i work in dialysis, its hard on a patient. I am willing to donate

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  13. My name is Rhoda. I am Michael Levine’s friend ( Neph Cure) I am a living donor who has been and am successful in finding donors. I see you are at Hopkins. I believe I can assist you. Your site is GREAT , however you need to
    Publicize outside of the internet. I can give you reference of people I have helped. You may contact me at res5137@yahoo.com. I know there are many donors for your son. I know how to find them. This is my way of giving back for all the help I was Given. Lloyd Ratner at Hopkins developed the laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. I was one of the first. He is now head of transplant surgery at Columbia inNY He knows of me. Please contact me. Your son WILL find a donor. I can give you more information and help. Hang In. Rhodaschneider

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    1. Hello, I am also looking for a kidney. Would you possibly be able to help me?. Thank you so much!

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    2. Dear Unknown, please conact Rhoda at res5137@yahoo.com, as she stated or me, Ellis Mirsky at emirsky@gmail.com. I am a recipient and I created this website for Aidan.

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  14. How do you go about testing to see if you are compatible?

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    1. Please contact Johns Hopkins Living Kidney Donor Team at 410-614-9345 and ask to speak with a donor coordinator. They do not inform us of inquiries. We learn of a donor only after that donor has completed testing and is approved for transplant.

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  15. I have shared your story. Sending prayers of hope and healing to Aiden and both of you.

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  16. What do I need to know to donate? What would it take? If I can, I will...

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    1. Please contact Johns Hopkins Living Kidney Donor Team at 410-614-9345 and ask to speak with a donor coordinator. They do not inform us of inquiries. We learn of a donor only after that donor has completed testing and is approved for transplant.

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  17. I am a 43 year old healthy woman but live in Canada. I am willing to help if needed.

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    1. Please contact Johns Hopkins Living Kidney Donor Team at 410-614-9345 and ask to speak with a donor coordinator. They do not inform us of inquiries. We learn of a donor only after that donor has completed testing and is approved for transplant.

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  18. If I could donate I would do it in the blink of an eye. I know what it means to be in the situation your family is in.
    My dad received a kidney after a few years on dialysis. I too will one day be where he was.. where Aidan is because of polycystsic kidney disease.

    Sharing in hopes a donor match is found ASAP. Praying for you Aidan and your family.

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  19. Does Aidan still need a kidney? If so, I am O positive and in good health; I will get tested.

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    1. Please contact Johns Hopkins Living Kidney Donor Team at 410-614-9345 and ask to speak with a donor coordinator. They do not inform us of inquiries. We learn of a donor only after that donor has completed testing and is approved for transplant.

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  20. I’m filling out the questionnaire now. I’m O negative and I’m perfectly healthy. Is this located in Maryland? My only concern is that I live in Michigan and don’t have the money to travel there.

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    1. About Costs: Reasonable cost reimbursement is legal. Title III of The National Organ Transplant Act, 1984, Pub. L. 998-507, allows for reasonable payments associated with the removal, transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, and storage of human organs as well as for the expenses of travel, housing, and lost wages incurred by the donor of a human organ in connection with the donation of that organ. While reimbursement of expenses is legal, payment for the acquisition of an organ is not.

      In addition, our medical insurance covers the costs of medical care and hospitalization for the donor as well as for the recipient.

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  21. Hi
    My blood type is O positive...how/where do I get tested to determin if im a suitable/compatiple match?
    I'm located in ontario

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  22. I am O negative and plan on calling to see if I can be put in for testing. I try to donate blood as much as possible. Good luck on your search. <3

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  23. I wish I could, I am a registered donor in any way I can be. But I have ADPKD, as does my 13 year old son and will be looking for our own donors in due time. But I will definitely share this and pray that you will SOON find a donor for your sweet and handsome son.<3

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  24. I am O negative and in perfect shape. Just had a full check up this year and the doctor thought I was wasting his time (jokingly). Does he still need a kidney?

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  25. I will pray for you and your family I see this everyday as i am a dialysis tech and my patients are like my family and if I can help in the smallest way I have done my job I will be calling to see if I can donate . If not Aidan maybe some else so many need kidneys there is a hospital across the street where I work and every time someone gets a transplant they light up the statue of the blessed mother up green I wish she could stay green

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  26. I am also O positive and I’m a medical technologist that works in a lab at DMC Childrens hospital in Michigan. I’d be more than happy to get tested!!

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    1. πŸ’š I am from Michigan also. Love in Fl.now. Had my transplant from Henry Ford in Detroit a little over 3yrs.ago. unfortunately it has been falling and i will need a new kidney, would you be willing to be tested for myself?? I know this is a lot to ask of someone and I truly understand both sides. Thank you for your time.

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  27. I’m sure you’re quite busy, but it would be nice to know if this still needs some serious sharing... Has any progress been made with finding a donor?

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  28. To everyone asking if he still needs a donor - the process to find and test an appropriate donor takes many months; the answer is YES until the transplant takes place. Even if your kidney is not right for Aidan, if you are willing to donate there are about 130,000 others waiting and your gift can be life-changing for many of them as well.

    I donated a kidney three months ago, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I'll be publicizing this call on social media. Best wishes to Aidan & his family.

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  29. I am "O". Did you find a donor?

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    1. Thank you. Not until transplant surgery is done can a recipient truly say that (s)he has a donor.

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  30. I would gladly help out but I am blood type A+

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    1. Paired Kidney Exchange and Kidney Transplant Chains match recipients with compatible donors. Aidan’s hospital, Johns Hopkins, participates in those transplant arrangements which would result in Aidan receiving a kidney, not yours, but someone’s. Please consider that.

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  31. I will pass this on. My son also has CKD and I was fortunate to be a perfect match for him. He had his transplant in Aug 2010 and is focusing on his DJ career. It is so important to get this out to people. I am sending our thoughts and prayers to you all that Aidan will receive his new lease on life. ❤��

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  32. Im praying Aiden finds his match. I am too also waiting for a kidney, and am O+. I'm praying there is an angel out there for me also. God is good all the time!πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

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  33. I am 34 years old with 2 toddlers, 3 & 5 years old. If I could find the help with my kids. I would in a heart beat. I have always wanted to do something like this, just to save a life. I am type 0 too. ❤️

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  34. I feel your pain. My son has no kidney function and also needs a kidney. I hope to be his donor. Best of luck to you

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  35. Is he O positive or negative? Is RH factor and influence of donating

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  36. I will apply and try to get on the list for anyone in need with whom I can be a match. Praying and sending well wishes to all of you in need.

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  37. Hi, I donated a kidney two years ago through an amazing organization called Renewal. www.renewal.org. They will help anyone who reaches out to them, regardless of religious or ethnic background. Even if you're working with Johns Hopkins it's worth a call to Renewal, as they work with several hospitals across the country. I hope and pray that Aidan gets his match!

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  38. I called and left a message, I am O+ cmv- , hope I can help.

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  39. I will share you story. I also have a 16 year old son and he has only 1 kidney and it has hydronephrosis. I am in Florida and I pray and hope Aiden finds a match. I wish there was something more I could do for you but I will share the information at the very least. Maybe people who know my son’s story will be more inclined to read yours.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your story Betsy. And I wish the very best for you and your son. Hugs to a "fellow mother"

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  40. I will share your story and keep your son and family in my prayers.

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  41. I’m gonna call and see what I can do I’m type O-

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  42. I am O and would be more than happy to donate if I needed. Praying for you allπŸ™πŸ’—

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    1. Is there a toll free phone number to call to find out if I'm a match to donate?

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    2. Thank you. Please call the number on the webpage (above).

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  43. Do you have to be an “0” to donate? I am B positive And would like to be considered to help your son.

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    1. Paired Kidney Exchange and Kidney Transplant Chains match recipients with compatible donors. Aidan’s hospital, Johns Hopkins, participates in those transplant arrangements which would result in Aidan receiving a kidney, not yours, but someone’s. Please consider that.

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  44. Please keep the faith. There is someone out there that will help you. I wish I could help you but I was a donor in a paired donation in Chicago in 2014. If there is anyone out there that wants to hear a personal account from a live donor or if you have any questions please fell free to email me ktee68@google.com. Best of luck to Aidan and his family...my thoughts and prayers will stay with you.

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  45. My heart goes out to you. I'm going through the same thing with my husband. He is in need of a kidney and I am not a match. I'm going through testing to try and swap my kidney but they are not functioning as well as they should be. I hope Aiden gets a kidney soon. Prayers to your family.

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  46. I pray and hope a viable donor comes forward and is a match. I am kidney transplant recipient and am doing well. I will share your post on FB. God bless!

    Scott Han

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  47. I have shared your post on my Facebook page. I pray God blesses Aidan with a donated kidney! My Mom's transplanted kidney gave us 18 more years with her and that was many years ago! ����������

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  48. I would be willing to donate I am O-

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  49. Hello. I am 56 years old and O negative. I would be willing to donate. You can contact me if you wish. Sincerely, Cindy Harasen. (harasens@tbaytel.net)

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  50. I hope to read that Aidan has received a kidney and is doing fabulous. Good luck Aidan. God Bless you. I have shared your story.

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  51. I'm 33 and O+ if I can help I will.

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  52. I am o- and have made an inquiry as to being compatible. If I am able, I will
    You can contact me if you would like.
    Denise Wilson
    denisemwilson06@gmail.com

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  53. I will share. I wish you well. I received a kidney 15 years ago. I know my donor. He is doing great. He has had no complications, and encourages everyone that can donate to please donate. There has to be somebody out there that could help make this happen. To the family I wish you well. He will get one soon and he will be just great. He will be healthy. and for the 63 year old person that asked if they could still donate because of age. 63 is not too old if you are healthy.

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  54. I’m 25, O blood type and in good health. I am so sorry that Aidan is dealing with this at such a young age. I have emailed you, and would love explore our options.

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  55. Praying that Aidan finds his donor.

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  56. I'm 43 and type O negative. I've never had any problems with my kidneys. You can reach me at connienaqvi9@gmail.com.

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  57. Please let us know if u have found a donor. If u haven't yet, I'd be happy to help out. I'm 48yr, female, b+ anti P1, mother of 3, live in Ontario.

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  58. I can donate if possible. 38 y/o female with O+ blood. I live in Canada and am unsure of how that would work if I am a match. Would love to get the process going to test though

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  59. I am O-, 64 and would be willing to get tested. I am in a rural area, so I will call and find out the details. Please keep us updated. Lord, I lift this young man and his family up to You. Find him a donor and use him all his life. I ask this in Jesus's Name.

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  60. I am o blood type if I could give your son a kidney i would but I only have one

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  61. I would donate but unfortunately I have polycystic kidney disease. But I did forward on to all my friends for Aidan God Bless you.

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    1. Thanks very much and best of luck with your health. We appreciate all good wishes and send them back you way... times 10!

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  62. I am type O positive. Where’s your location so I can be tested as a possible donor? ❤️

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    1. Dear Friend: Thanks for offering a kidney! Johns Hopkins has asked that we cap any more callers because they have enough respondents at present. If you are moved to donate a kidney there is an organization called donortodonor.com that has an short form to express your interest. Lots of people, like Aidan, really need someone else's spare.

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  63. I am 43 healthy female. Type O - I am from Canada.

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  64. My heart goes out tou you. I totally know what you are going through. My brother has a kidney disease but thank God we found a donar and he will be getting his transplant on october 25th 2018. His kidney are functionning at 8% right now. I went through the testing and was found compatible but they found stones in my kidney. My thoughts and prayers are with you that you fin a donor and all goes well for Aidan and his donor.

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    1. And my heart goes out to you...I'm so thrilled that your brother is scheduled for his transplant and I can only imagine your frustration at not being able to donate. It's a roller coaster ride but hopefully he's about to get much better. Prayers for you and your family.

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  65. I have O- and would donate. I am a 50 year old female in Canada. Please contact me if you haven't found a kidney yet.

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  66. PLEASE READ THIS, I come from a family of people with kidney issues and both my partner and his mother have issues and Sean actually has had three transplants. I an not a match to either but nevertheless, any family member or friend can go through the process to donate and even if not a match, should they be approved, they can donate a kidney and then in term, it will be put into the PAIRING DONOR SYSTEM................... which actually means that should you have a kidney to donate, someone else would be donating back to your family or friend. This means your odds are much larger. I tried to donate and was refused but definitely something everyone should consider to do. Unfortunately there's just not enough around and we all only need one to survive a normal healthy life.

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  67. Aidan, God speed, you got this! I am10+ years post transplant, if you or the family have any questions let me know, I’m happy to answer questions as a recipient and I’m sure my donor (best friend) would be happy to answer questions as a donor.

    To everyone who has offered your kidney, you all are absolutely awe-inspiring and angels for even offering. I can tell you how uplifting it is when even one person comes forward, you guys are just THE BEST!

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