One of our talented young students, Derek Doyle is looking for help. We are trying to use our voice to spread the word and assist Derek and his family in finding a kidney donor. Following is a letter from Derek’s mother:
Derek Doyle (aka New York) is a second year [Music & Entertainment Business] student at IPR. For those of you who know Derek know that he is a fun loving, verbally gifted (New Yorker and Irish), and creative young man.
What you probably don’t know about Derek is that he has also survived 4 kidney transplants. Derek was born with cystic kidneys and has been under constant doctor’s care since he was 6 months old. At the ripe old age of 5 he received his very first kidney transplant (from his dad). When he was 6 years old he was forced to make the move from New York to Minnesota to better facilitate his care.
So why are we boring you with these details about Derek…..he needs your help! Once again he is in end stage renal disease (his kidneys are failing) and needs another LIVING kidney donor! Over the years they have been able to simplify the process for the donor to 4 steps: A reminder that ALL expenses are paid by Derek’s insurance:
a. blood work to see if you are a negative (which is good) cross match to Derek
b. if you pass the first blood test one more blood test to see if Derek is building antibodies against your blood (which we don’t want)
c. pass the second blood test then there is a physical at Mayo Clinic in Rochester
d. final step (and most important) – 3 day hospital for the surgery
Here are a couple websites that you can refer to that might start to answer some questions about kidney disease in general and the kidney organ donor process:
“IF” after digesting all this data you think you might be interested in taking the first step and/or have more questions you need answered please call one of us at the following numbers:
Kathi Doyle (mom): 612-636-8029
Donnie Doyle (dad): 612-226-7000 (Donnie was Derek’s first donor so a great person to call if you have questions about “what it’s like” being a donor)
THANK YOU for taking the time to read this and considering giving Derek the “gift of life”!
Kathi – Donnie – Derek