A KIDNEY FOR STONEY
My name is Stoney Harrison and I was diagnosed with PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) in August 2011. My disease has gotten worse causing my kidneys not to work well. Both my kidneys together are only functioning at 10.6%. This is what I am facing now, and my treatment options are limited to a kidney transplant. If donating a kidney to me is something you would like to consider, I would be happy to tell you more about my story and explore the process of determining if you are a match for me.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD
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Who pays for living donation?
My health insurance will pay 100% for the following for the donor.
* Evaluation to determine if the person is a good candidate for living donation
* Donation Surgery
* Post-operative care
Donors should always coordinate their tests with the transplant coordinator at the hospital in case there are any exceptions.
COMMON QUESTION ASKED - WHAT IS STONEY'S BLOOD TYPE?
Please remember our blood types do not necessarily have to be the same to be a potential living kidney donor. I am AB positive which means I can receive from any blood type but additional tests must be done for a kidney match.
Left to right in picture - my daughter, stepdaughter, me, my wife, daughter, stepdaughter & granddaughter
"Family isn't defined only by last name or by blood; it's defined by commitment and by love. It means showing up when they need it most. It means choosing to love each other even on those days when you struggle to like each other. It means never giving up on each other!"
Married to my wonderful wife, Sheila for 3 years and we have known each other for 10. I have two girls from a previous marriage, Bethany & Haley. Also two stepdaughters, Lindsey & Brittany (Sheila's girls from a previous marriage) and a granddaughter, Makailyn. They have been right by side on this journey of finding me a living kidney donor. Each of them have submitted their forms to be tested. Unfortunately, my wife was denied due to her cancer history, both my daughters submitted but due to PKD being hereditary, they were denied. Both my stepdaughters were denied. One due to medical reasons. The other one went thru the entire evaluation process in Charlotte NC. All tests led to her being the perfect match until the last test when we found out one kidney has two arteries and the other one has three which is good for her, but not for a donor. Either way, we are family and I am proud of each of them for doing their part. They are my biggest WHY to finding me a living kidney donor.
Meet our furbabies, Zeke, Izzie & Koko. My wife & I are huge animal lovers. As a matter of fact we call our home, Harrison Acres. We rescue & foster dogs in our area. To date, we have fostered & found homes for over 50 dogs.
WHAT IS PKD?
POLYCYSTIC KIDNEY DISEASE
An inherited disorder which clusters of cysts develop in the kidneys. The cysts in PKD are non cancerous sacs containing water-like fluid. They can grow very large. Many people with this condition have kidney failure by age 60.
Treatment can help, but this condition can't be cured. PKD requires a medical diagnosis. Lab tests or imaging always required. Symptoms include high blood pressure, back or side pain, and a swollen abdomen.
At the present time, both my kidneys weigh around 30 #'s, imagine each of your kidneys being the size of a football. Normal size of a kidney is about the size of your fist.
For more information visit www.pkdcure.org