We are celebrating, big time! One year ago, today, our dear husband, dad and grandpa, Jeff, was blessed to receive a kidney transplant. Although the year was not without trials and tribulations, one year later, he is doing amazingly well, and enjoying life to the fullest.
Thanks to these two amazing women, Jenn Copeland, Jeff's direct kidney donor, and Neki Cox, without whom this chain of events would never have occurred, we are celebrating life with smiles on our faces and joy in our hearts. We are forever indebted to your passion and compassion.
Some food for thought... Are you a registered organ donor?
One of the richest and most powerful men in Brazil, Thane Chiquinho Scarpa, made waves when he announced plans to bury his million-dollar Bentley..., so he could drive around his afterlife in style. He received lots of media attention, mostly negative and was severely criticized for the extravagant gesture and wasting of a precious commodity. Why wouldn’t he donate the car to charity? How out of touch with reality is this guy? He still went ahead with the ceremony.
But, there’s a twist. (Of course there is. Why else would I be covering this story?)
Moments before lowering the car in the ground prepared for the burial of his Bentley, he declared that he wouldn't bury his car and then revealed his genuine motive for the drama: Just to create awareness for organ donation.
“People condemn me because I wanted to bury a million dollar Bentley, in fact most people bury something a lot more valuable than my car,” Scarpa said during a speech at the ceremony. “They bury hearts, livers, lungs, eyes, kidneys. This is absurd. So many people waiting for a transplant and you bury your healthy organs that could save so many lives!”
Worth a thought !!
It's been a long time since you've heard from us, but in this case, no news is GREAT news! On April 28, our dad and husband was given the gift of life -- a perfectly healthy kidney. The operation was performed at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, CA, by an incredibly skilled team of doctors and nurses. This complicated "paired exchange" transplant included at least four donors and four recipients all over the country, enabling people like Jeff to receive a kidney from a perfect m...atch.
Six months later, Jeff has healed well and is enjoying a life free from dialysis appointments, needles, procedures, and so many other limitations. He'll be taking his first trip post-surgery to visit his grandson and family in the Bay Area this weekend, and couldn't be more thankful for the love, support, and prayers you've all extended to our family.
And now, to introduce you to two special people without whom this would have never been possible. Neki (pictured), a former patient of Jeff's, volunteered to donate her kidney upon hearing of his need. Though she wasn't a perfect match, the "paired exchange" program allowed Jeff to receive a kidney from someone else, while Neki's kidney was sent to another recipient in Florida. Neki healed incredibly fast from her surgery, has an amazing attitude about the experience, and continues to inspire others to get tested and consider organ donation through speaking to her church community and beyond. 1,300 miles away in Dallas, TX, is Jenn Anderson Hoover, Jeff's actual donor, whose selfless act also allowed her brother to receive his second kidney transplant. We're forever indebted to Jenn, Neki, and so many others who helped make this (complicated!) miracle happen.
Thank you for sharing this page over the years while we waited for this life-changing news for our family! We love you all!
P.S - We'll be shutting the page down shortly, but our efforts to spread the word about kidney donation certainly will not cease!
Many of us have smiled and laughed at these internet memes that started as a parent's joke about his kid with a fistful of sand- did you know that #successkid's dad needs a kidney too?
Another way in which the combination of brilliant minds, innovative software and medicine are making a huge difference!
Fascinating article about the power of organ donation. Will YOU consider it?
So touched by these heros, their amazingly supportive families, and the incredible gifts they have given to enable organ recipients to live a long life. Looking forward to good things in the New Year, and good health for all.
Just another wonderful story about the miracle of organ donation. Please share this story - You never know who might read it, and how this could benefit someone you love.
Today is our dad/Jeff's birthday! We're so thankful for all the milestones we've celebrated together this year. Please consider sharing this page in honor of his big day! xoxo
Such a sweet story -- couldn't think of a better time of year to think about giving the gift of life!
This is a wonderful article on the gift of giving; becoming an organ donor in life, and unfortunately through death. How incredible are the people that choose to give this gift so that others may live. There is so much useful information. Please share this page with as many people as possible. Miracles do happen.
Thanks to you all for your continued support.
Wow! Although this may take quite a while to actually be tested and useable in humans, it's pretty incredible what impact new technologies can have on medicine!
This family turned to the Internet to find a kidney donor 8 years ago, and they were successful! But it's time to begin the search again... and they are in our thoughts as we travel this road together!