Please Help Jill in need of a kidney

This week we learned that Jill Rule, spouse of one of our members Jack Rule is suffering from Kidney failure and desperately needs a transplant donor. If you can make this precious gift or if you can help by spreading the word, your kindness would really be appreciated at this difficult time. We need to get the word out.  

Hi, I'm Jill and this is Zachery 



Dear Friends,

Some of you may already know that I have suffered from diabetes and its complications for many years. 

My husband Jack and our children, Lindsay, David, and Steven have given me enormous support but now, even they need help.  My kidneys are now beginning to fail, to the point where they are not working well enough to keep me alive. I am facing dialysis treatment requiring me to spend many hours at a center affecting my daily life greatly as well as those around me, affecting my job, my family life and precious time with our young grandson Zachery.  My doctors have recommended a live kidney transplant as the best solution now. Nationally, there are nearly 100,000 people waiting for a kidney; it can take many years to receive a transplant. But, someone can volunteer to be a donor for me, and provide this life changing gift today!

We are all born with two kidneys but only need one. For a healthy individual, it can be quite safe to donate a kidney. But all volunteers are carefully evaluated with regards to their own health and compatibility to donate. Certain health conditions might not allow you to donate. However, if it is safe for you to donate, and you are compatible with me, then a surgery is scheduled. All costs incurred by any potential donor, including the evaluations, are covered through my health insurance.

My family members have already gone through the evaluation process to see if one of them could be my donor. Ultimately, however, none were found to be a satisfactory donor.

I realize that this a “Big Ask”, but I really need someone’s help.  There are on-line resources from the Kidney Foundation (www.kidney.org) and from Give A Kidney (www.giveakidney.org) which are very informative about the process. Donating is a significant decision, however you may feel that you could be my donor. 

To learn more about the possibility of donating your kidney to me, please contact Maddie Maleski 484-476-8527 or maleskim@@mlhs.org. Please note I am listed under my maiden/professional name Jill Anderson.

Here are a few facts about kidney donation

  • You only need one kidney to live a healthy, long life.
  • Most donor surgery is done laproscopically, meaning through tiny incisions.
  • The recuperation period is usually fairly quick, generally two weeks.
  • The cost of your evaluation and surgery will be covered by my insurance. The hospital can give you extensive information on this.
  • You will have a separate team of healthcare professionals to evaluate you as a living donor. Their job is to help you understand any possible risks and benefits and look out for YOUR best interests. 

Even if you feel you are not in a position to donate, you can still make a big difference in a couple of ways. First, and very importantly, Spread The Word! The more people that know and my situation, the better. Everyone believes that there is a donor out there that can help!   Please help me if you can and wish me luck.

Thank you

Sincerely and Hopefully,

    Jill

 


Dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease, the NKF helps those who care for, suffer from, and are at risk of kidney disease.

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