Kidney Donor Needed
Are you my hero?
Willie Blackwell, who is known as a former NFL player, ordained Christian chaplain, a husband, father, grandfather, and mentor to many, now finds himself in need of a kidney. In 1999, Blackwell was diagnosed with kidney cancer and the doctors removed the offending kidney. In January of this year, during a routine physical, doctors discovered that Blackwell’s remaining kidney was only operating at 15%.
Most of Blackwell’s family have been tested, but unfortunately none of them have been a candidate for becoming living kidney donors.
Living Donor Process
With the paired kidney exchange, blood type doesn’t matter.
You must be between the ages of 18 and 60 years-old.
You must be able to donate at the Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, GA.
With Your Help, We Can Save Willie’s Life
While the paired kidney exchange allows for anyone who is able to donate a kidney to ensure that Willie Blackwell will receive a new kidney, in order to donate directly to Willie, you would need to be blood type O. If you would like to see if you are a good candidate for donating a a kidney to Willie or would like more information about the donor process, please fill out the form below and we will be in touch shortly!
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A Note from our Founder
Living Donor Match came to be in 2018 after I started doing research to learn more about living organ donation with the intention of becoming a living liver donor. As I reached out to different hospitals and transplant centers I became aware of the fact that not all of them allow for altruistic living liver donations.
And that made me think. What if I was the one who needed a life saving liver donation and there was someone out there who wanted to help, but it couldn’t happen because we weren’t family or close friends? That did not sit well, to say the least.
After being told by two different transplant centers that they do not do altruistic liver donations, I got frustrated and turned to social media. I didn’t really have an outcome in mind, but mainly just wanted to get further education by joining some living donor support groups. I found a few that I joined and I posted my frustration in the hopes of getting feedback in an effort to understand the system.
What I got were faces to put with individuals’ stories of people who were fighting for their lives and hoping and praying that they would receive a transplant before it was too late. One such person was Bobby’s mom who told me about her adult son’s liver failure and lung issues due to a genetic disorder that they didn’t even know existed. This conversation then led to a visit to New York Presbyterian and liver donation on December 11, 2018.
As I went through the process to see if I would be a candidate to donate to Bobby, I kept thinking about all of those other people I had met… their faces… their stories and wished I could do something. Since I couldn’t donate to them all, I started Living Donor Match in an attempt to help them connect with that person out there who would want to donate – to help make that life saving connection.
Everything done by Living Donor Match is supported by donations. I never want to add an additional barrier to those who are waiting for their donor or to those who want to step up and save a life. I’m excited to announce that we are currently in the process of becoming a 501c3 and that you will now be able to claim your donations as a tax deduction. Your financial support goes toward creating pages like this one, educational resources, and spreading the Living Donor Match mission: making connections that save lives.