Donating my car “Ruby” to Kidney Kars

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A letter left for us in a Kidney Kar donation today:
Dear NKF of Utah,
I am donating “Ruby” in honor of my father who endured so much dialysis and hoped for a new kidney but eventually succumbed to renal failure. Please make good use of her and help as many people as you can. Thank you for the opportunity to be able to give this away.
Love and Hope, Cristina and Josie.

Pennsylvania bride given away by man who received her dad’s heart.

Ready for your Monday Cry? This is a dad with heart.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/pennsylvania-bride-given-away-by-man-who-received-her-dads-heart/

 

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Jeni Stepien, right, walking down the aisle with Arthur Thomas

CBS PITTSBURGH

PITTSBURGH — “It has been the best day of my life,” a Pennsylvania bride said of her wedding day.

Jeni Stepien is now officially a married woman, and she told CBS Pittsburgh the day wouldn’t have been possible without Arthur Thomas.

“You can never imagine what that would be like unless you actually do it because so many emotions involved in what you’re doing,” Thomas said.

Arthur, fondly known as ‘Tom,’ traveled from New Jersey to walk Jeni down the aisle at St. Anselm church in Swissvale, since her father couldn’t be there.

Jeni met Tom for the first time on the eve of her wedding, when she felt her father’s heart beat for the first time in 10 years. Michael Stepien was murdered in Swissvale back in 2006.

Tom received Michael’s heart after his death.

“I was on death’s door when he was murdered and I needed a heart or I was going to be dying in the next few days,” Thomas said.

Jeni asked Tom if he would do the honors in a letter.

“I was just so thankful that my dad could be here with us today in spirit and a piece of his physical being as well. That was really special for us,” she said.

Jeni’s groom was also moved by the gesture.

“I was just overtaken with emotions when I finally saw her walking down. The most beautiful woman in the world that I’ve ever seen before,” Paul Maenner said.

“What a greater honor could a person have than walking the daughter of the man who’s given his heart to him. I can’t imagine a greater honor,” Thomas said.

Fix The Fox, Corey Fox needs a Kidney Transplant

http://www.kidneyforcoreyfox.com/

* #FIXTHEFOX *

COREY NEEDS A KIDNEY, AND WE NEED YOUR HELP

During the last ten years Velour Live Music Gallery has been an integral part of our lives.

It’s been a space for us to get to know and watch our favorite bands, where we developed our music and our art, how we cultivated relationships with our fans, where we first met/went on a date, where we got engaged, where we got married, and where we were introduced to our bandmates and often our best friends. We’ve been encouraged to pursue new paths, found meaningful careers and inspiration, and Velour has essentially put our little town of Provo, Utah on the map.

For all these reasons (and likely many more) we are getting together to help our friend Corey Fox, owner of Velour, during what is likely the heaviest time of his life. He’s been there for us through things we couldn’t begin to list and contributed to our lives in countless ways, so we want to help him with everything he needs at this time and to ensure Velour’s continued existence.

During the coming months Corey will need to undergo a kidney transplant, which means a few things:

1) He needs a kidney. Corey is currently on the transplant list, but that is a long and uncertain process. It has been highly recommended he find a living donor. For those interested in being tested as a potential living donor, see the instructions below.

2) Because of infection risks, Corey will be unable to be around groups of people during the months of his recovery. For this period, as needed, Velour will need to close — the venue will only be hosting private events, parties and weddings (events the current staff is equipped to manage). 

Of course the surgery, medicine, recovery time and the desire to keep Velour financially stable during this period has an immense cost attached.

As Corey’s friends, we not only want to make sure he has what he needs to comfortably get through this, but that his life’s work will continue to be a valued space where music, art and the community can thrive in years to come. Truthfully, without your help, the impact of a medical need like this one would likely bankrupt a small, single-person owned and operated business like Velour.

We’ve been in awe of the outpouring of support we have seen from the few people we have mentioned this to already — Velour and Corey mean so much to us, and we hope you will join us as we help #FixTheFox.

Thank you so much for your support.
~ Friends of The Fox

HOW YOU CAN HELP — 

* MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS: 
We have established a fundraising account for this cause
at Zions Bank. Contributions can be made direct at
any branch to our “Corey J Fox Donation” account.

OR

Direct PayPal Link:   paypal.me/CoreyJFoxDonations
via Venmo:                 @CoreyFoxDonation
at Zions Bank:           “Corey J Fox Donation”
(acct. ending in *8886)

* LIVING DONOR SCREENING:
* * *  4/6 Update: The Transplant Clinic has reported they have had an outpouring of support to find Corey a living donor! Thank you to all who have inquired. Currently they need to focus on screening the current batch of applicants, and the size of that group is so overwhelming they have requested we ask Corey’s friends to refrain from applying until we see a need again.

Testing will take a few months, so please stay close for news! Hopefully we can come back and let you know we have found a match, but if not we will let you know when we need more applicants. Thank you!
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To get started, complete this screening questionnaire:
intermountainmedcenter.org/organdonor

Answers to most questions will be available on that site,
but further inquiries can be directed to:

Amanda Middleton | 801.507.8319 | amanda.middleton@imail.org
Transplant Services Donor Assistant

Intermountain Donor Clinic

* SHARE THIS PAGE:
The more traffic we get to this page, the higher the likelihood we can help Corey find a kidney and support for his financial needs!
We would love to see you using the hashtag #FIXTHEFOX on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to show your support.

If you would like to contribute in a manner that isn’t already outlined above, feel free to contact Kaneischa Johnson so we can help accommodate your ideas:  kaneischa@velourlive.com

‘Success Kid’ helps fund dad’s kidney transplant

‘Success Kid’ helps fund dad’s kidney transplant

http://www.waff.com/story/29831427/success-kid-helps-fund-dads-kidney-transplant

Posted: Aug 19, 2015 7:19 AM MDTUpdated: Aug 19, 2015 11:23 AM MDT

(WAFF) –“Success Kid” got more success than just internet fame.

The now 8-year-old Sammy Griner used his internet popularity to help get his dad a kidney.

The “Success Kid” meme all started after Sammy’s mom, Laney Griner, took a picture of him, then 11 months old, making a smug face after eating sand. The picture went viral and thousands upon thousands of people made memes out of it with different captions for different life scenarios.

CNN reported that Sammy’s mom, Laney, created a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of $75,000 to help cover the medical expenses that go along with a kidney transplant for her husband, Justin Griner.

The campaign has raised more than $100,000 in 4 months by more than 4,000 people as of Wednesday.

On Saturday, the update on the page, written by Laney, said Justin was on his way to pick her up and get a transplant.

“It’s really happening, right now,” she wrote. “This is absolutely the best news we could receive and it’s totally thanks to you. You’ve given life back to my husband, and a hope for a future for Sam and I. Thanking you for the rest of my life wouldn’t be enough.”

Laney also put out a tweet that said, “If the #successkidney story has a moral, it’s be an organ donor! Thanks for being part of our amazing #transplant adventure.”

The Alabama Organ Center says nationally, more than 116,900 people are waiting for an organ transplant and a new person is added to the waiting list every 18 minutes. For an anverage of 19 people per day, the wait is too long and they die before a suitable organ is available.

The AOC says in Alabama, more than 3,800 people are waiting for a transplant.

For more information on the Alabama Organ Center, click here. If you’re a match, you can clickhere.

Copyright 2015 WAFF. All rights reserved.

 

 

Celebrate Earth Day

REduce- REuse- REcycle!
Make your car, a Kidney Kar! (Tax Deduction, Free Towing)   Donate www.towKars.org

Young Family of Provo, Utah Donates Car to Kidney Kars

In 2003 Yu Young was a bright eyed, sweet tempered and darling high school Junior when she came to the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho’s Provo office as an intern. For two years, after school, she answered the phone taking Kidney Cars donations, made photocopies and filed. She did everything for everyone in the office. We liked her so much, we hired her as an employee once she started school at BYU.  She worked her way through college on our megar non-profit hourly wage while making a substantive and meaningful addition to the staff. She was so good and helpful on the phone, she was helpful and kind in the office, and when she graduated BYU I thought my heart might stop. We had not only come to rely on her, but more, she was our friend.

Two days ago, while downloading the Kidney Kars donations, I noticed a car donated from the Young familiy in Provo that included a cheeky little note in the ‘donor comments section.’ It was from Yu.  She had helped her mom and dad donate their car online at www.towKars.org  I was so touched.

Yu went on to become one of first Chinese Immersion teachers in the Salt Lake City School District and is now the director of all language immersion programs.

I miss her here and I am so grateful that even though she’s gone on to much bigger things, she would, in some small and very meaningful way, remember us! Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Young for giving us Yu and for donating your car to Kidney Kars of Utah!

Woman gets kidney in a 68-person kidney donation chain

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A Wausau woman is the last link in a 68-person kidney transplant chain of donations that started in Minnesota, spread across the country and ended at the University of Wisconsin in late March.

After living with renal insufficiency for 30 years, 77-year-old Mitzi Neyens’ condition had begun to worsen in the past two years, she told Press-Gazette Media. She was able to take part in the massive organ donation chain after De Pere school teacher Megan O’Leary donated a kidney to a matched recipient in exchange for a matched kidney for Neyens, her long-time family friend.

“I was more anxious to get disqualified and not be able to donate,” O’Leary said about the donation process. “Most people say it seems like it would be hard, but to me it wasn’t, it just kind of felt like the right thing to do. I wasn’t nervous about it at all.”

The chain began in Minnesota with a woman who wanted to donate a kidney to no one in particular. Thus began the process of coordinating 34 kidney exchanges.

“It’s unheard of,” said Karen Miller, the paired kidney exchange coordinator for the University of Wisconsin transplant program. “It’s very, very difficult. So many things can happen during that process: a donor gets sick; a donor backs out; a recipient gets sick; somebody dies.”

The National Kidney Registry, which uses a computer to link organ donation chains, and 26 hospitals nationwide helped coordinate the kidney exchanges involving 68 people.

“It’s always amazing when transplants occur,” Miller said. “Was I surprised? No. As you get into paired kidney exchange I always hope for the very best and want every paired kidney exchange, every match, to proceed. That’s honestly unrealistic, that’s never going to happen.”

More than 2,500 Wisconsin residents are among the estimated 123,000 Americans in need of an organ transplant.

About 2.6 million people are registered donors in Wisconsin, and about 2 million more are eligible, according to advocates.

Ogden Surgical Medical Society Thanks National Kidney Foundation of Utah’s Partcipation

ogden surgical medical societyDear CEO & Founder Deen Vetterli,

Thank you for your continued support and participation of the Ogden Surgical Medical Society Conference.  The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho lectures by Harry O. Senekjian, MD, Kalani Raphael, MD, and Monique E. Cho, MD, improved the performance and competence of 451 attendees: 161 active MDs & DOs ; 95 retired MDs; 52 PAs & NPs; 55 Nurses, Paramedics & Social Workers; 15 Residents, 9 Doctors of Nurse Practitioner Students and 14 Pre-Med students, as well as 35 guests, which included the Hill Air Force Base Medical Providers.

I will send the Power Point presentation to your board for the upcoming Annual Meeting. Thanks again and thank you for improving the medical providers of Utah’s performance and competence in nephrology. Every year we aim to update health providers on new information medically related and the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho excels!

Sincerely,

Theresa Pushedra

Woman gets kidney in a 68-person kidney donation chain

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/11/kidney-donation-chain

 

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A Wausau woman is the last link in a 68-person kidney transplant chain of donations that started in Minnesota, spread across the country and ended at the University of Wisconsin in late March.

After living with renal insufficiency for 30 years, 77-year-old Mitzi Neyens’ condition had begun to worsen in the past two years, she told Press-Gazette Media. She was able to take part in the massive organ donation chain after De Pere school teacher Megan O’Leary donated a kidney to a matched recipient in exchange for a matched kidney for Neyens, her long-time family friend.

“I was more anxious to get disqualified and not be able to donate,” O’Leary said about the donation process. “Most people say it seems like it would be hard, but to me it wasn’t, it just kind of felt like the right thing to do. I wasn’t nervous about it at all.”

The chain began in Minnesota with a woman who wanted to donate a kidney to no one in particular. Thus began the process of coordinating 34 kidney exchanges.

“It’s unheard of,” said Karen Miller, the paired kidney exchange coordinator for the University of Wisconsin transplant program. “It’s very, very difficult. So many things can happen during that process: a donor gets sick; a donor backs out; a recipient gets sick; somebody dies.”

The National Kidney Registry, which uses a computer to link organ donation chains, and 26 hospitals nationwide helped coordinate the kidney exchanges involving 68 people.

“It’s always amazing when transplants occur,” Miller said. “Was I surprised? No. As you get into paired kidney exchange I always hope for the very best and want every paired kidney exchange, every match, to proceed. That’s honestly unrealistic, that’s never going to happen.”

More than 2,500 Wisconsin residents are among the estimated 123,000 Americans in need of an organ transplant.

About 2.6 million people are registered donors in Wisconsin, and about 2 million more are eligible, according to advocates.

Make your car a Kidney Kar! Happy Earth Day!

REduce- REuse- REcycle!
Make your car, a Kidney Kar! (Tax Deduction, Free Towing)   Donate www.towKars.org

 

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