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Praying for you and hoping God blesses you with a kidney very soon!
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Dear Family and Friends,

At the age of 22, I was unexpectedly diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease. The disease was discovered very much by accident. I was having an ultrasound to help diagnose a stomach issue and a heard the words from the technician: “Have you ever heard of Polycystic Kidney Disease? Because you have it.”

To say I was stunned would be an understatement. You see, 99% of the time, Polycystic Kidney Disease is an inherited condition and families are aware of it. Having no family history of the disease, I am one of the unlucky 1% who has a genetic mutation.

Polycystic Kidney Disease is a condition where cysts grow on and in your kidneys. For about 50% of the people afflicted with the disease, this leads to complete kidney failure. Currently there is no known treatment or cure. Over the last 22 years, I have been having my kidney function tested: at first, once a year, then twice a year and now every 4 weeks. With each test, I witnessed my kidney function gradually decline. Currently, I am in end stage kidney disease. My kidneys are functioning at 13% and it is not a matter of if they are going to fail, but when. My kidney doctor thinks I will be in full kidney failure within the year.

I have worked hard over the intervening years, following a special diet and other measures to delay the inevitable outcome. I have several incentives for doing so, including my beautiful 8 year old son, and my wonderful wife, Susan. Susan and I, both, together, would like to see our boy graduate from college and have a family of his own.

What are my options to live long enough to experience that? The most ideal option is to have a kidney transplant and I am “listed” to receive a cadaver kidney. According to my transplant surgeon, best case, I will need to wait about 6 years for a cadaver kidney to become available. My other transplant option is to receive a kidney from a living donor. If I am blessed enough to find a living donor, I could have a kidney transplant within the next 3 to 6 months. Ideally, I would receive a transplant before my kidneys completely fail and I need to go on dialysis.

Besides allowing me to receive a transplant before my kidneys completely fail and allowing me to avoid dialysis (a pretty big deal), “Living Kidney” transplants have a higher success rate and tend to last around 25 years, about 10 years longer on average than a cadaver transplant.

So how can you help?

First of all, please keep me in your prayers, for both my health and ability to get a kidney as quickly as possible.

Second, please consider being a living donor. A living donor is someone who chooses to donate one of his or her kidneys. This person may be a blood relative or unrelated to the recipient. This is a very safe procedure for a donor. A donor can live a long, happy, and healthy life with one kidney. Donors are pre-screened and tested very thoroughly before donation to ensure that removing a kidney will not affect their health in any way. Only donors who are determined to not be at risk either now or in the future are accepted. Additionally, all potential donor medical tests and the surgery are covered by my insurance.

If you or someone you know would like to give or is interested in learning about “The Gift of Life,” please give the Pinnacle Health Transplant Program’s Living Donor Coordinator a call at (717) 231-8751. State that you are interested in being a living donor. This phone call is confidential and I will not be informed if you have called. There is no risk in learning more.

For additional information, you can read the other downloads on this Facebook page, and visit the Pinnacle Health web site at:

http://www.pinnaclehealth.org/services/donor-info

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http://www.youtube.com/user/TheKFCP


Thank You for your consideration and prayers,



Paul Billy
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Just read Paul's FB page letter. I am posting it here for those who do not like or use FB.
 

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Shared on my wall Paul ....prayers for you and your family. My weight excludes me...:(
 

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Thanks to everyone for their support! I know there is a special person out there that can help my family and I.

Not to mention our 3 Chessies;)
 

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what are the requirements to be a donor? and what is your blood type?
 

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Wow - what great question and amazing support!

In order to donate directly to me you need to have a Blood type of O. If you do not have a O you can still donate through what is called the paired exchange program. So you can still help.

How does this work: Well it starts with a phone call to Pinnacle Health Transplant Program’s Living Donor Coordinator at (717) 231-8751 and state that you are interested in being a living donor for Paul Billy. The living donor coordinator will do a basic medical review with you over the telephone to determine if you are a suitable candidate to start the donor evaluation process.

If you pass the phone screening the Living Donor Coordinator will setup additional testing. No problem if you live out of my area. they will find a local place to work with you.

All of you testing and medical expenses are paid for by my insurance. We have created a fund on my Facebook page post above to help pay for the donors other expenses, such as, travel or missed wages.

There is lots of good info on my Facebook page - There is a button that says "How you can help" if you click that button there is a ton of info for any prospective donor. There is also a button that says "Donate Funds to Help our Search" - This is were we are collecting donations to help the donor with expenses.

Wow - that was a mouthful!

God Bless - Paul
 

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Paul, I received a kidney from my loving wife in 2007. We were a 1 in 60,000 match. My labs are better than they hoped for. These people are true heroes. We'll keep you in our prayers. Good luck. PM me if I can be any help.
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After one day we are up to 155 Likes - Thank you so much to everyone who has helped! And remember it is not to late to Like (see Facebook link above) and it only takes a second.

All of the posts and PMs have been great! God Bless
 

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Bump - just 2 likes short of 200 - thanks for all the support:D
 

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Paul,

On the way to work today I heard a story about a rejected kidney being re-transplanted to a second recipient.

God bless,

Tom
 
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