keeping kidney function up in the audience

A friend of this site in Pittsburgh, a guy named Kez, had a kidney transplant not too long ago. He was lucky. His sister had a healthy one to spare and she was willing to let him have it. At least that’s what Kez has led me to believe. I don’t think he’d have any reason to lie about it, but I suppose it’s possible that he bought the kidney from his sister, blackmailed her for it, or, worse yet, had it stolen from her. Regardless of how he came to get her kidney, I’m very happy that he got it. This site, as you all know, needs to retain every last reader it has in order to keep our Phillips Bodygroom sponsorship. So, it occurred to me that I might have other readers out there suffering from kidney disease, and that by helping them stay alive, and reading my blog, I might be helping myself. So, with all of that in mind, I have decided to force Kez and his sister to walk across Pennsylvania in order to raise money for the cause. If you would like to help them meet the ambitious goal that I have set for them, just click here.

[All kidding aside, Kez is one hell of a guy, and, from what I hear, his sister is even better. If you’ve got a few extra bucks this holiday season and feel like investing it in a cause that means a great deal to a fellow reader, I can’t think of a better place to invest it.]

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  1. Posted December 3, 2007 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    This past summer, after dealing with kidney disease for two years, I received a new kidney transplant from my younger sister Karen…

    She and I will be walking in the NKF Kidney Walk to help raise awareness for organ donation. If you could sponsor us, even for a few dollars, that would be great!

    All donations for this walk stay in Western PA. The average cost of a kidney transplant is $210,000 so any donation amount is appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Kez and Karen

    Thanks Mark, for your donation, and for letting us pimp on your site!

  2. pete
    Posted December 4, 2007 at 12:18 am | Permalink


    I don’t post here very often but am a constant reader of your site. Although I’m a broke student I’ll try to scrape up a few bucks to donate to the cause. This kind of hits home for me because i just lost my dad a few weeks ago due to surgical complications resulting in a failed kidney. It won’t be much but I’d like to help a little bit.

    Also hope you’re feeling better; i made it to the shadow fair and it was terrific as always and i picked up an old issue of crimewave.

    take care

  3. Stacey
    Posted December 4, 2007 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    I donated my kidney about 5 years ago to a friend’s husband. He had been really sick from dialysis, and I was amazed at how quickly his health improved with my kidney. Right away in the hospital he peed on his own, and it was a huge deal with his family. I didn’t even know that before that he couldn’t pee without medication.

    It makes a huge difference in the health and quality of life for a person, and recovery for the donor isn’t really a big deal. At least it wasn’t for me. I’m always glad to hear of other successful kidney donations, and glad to hear they’re doing well enough to trek across Pennsylvania.

  4. 2 kidney Sam
    Posted December 4, 2007 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    I like all the organs we have two of best. I love having two eyes. Two lungs. Two kidneys. Two testicles. It makes me feel less vulnerable. If anyone would like to donate one to me, I’d happily take a third kidney. Unless it makes my ass look bigger.

  5. UBU
    Posted December 4, 2007 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Is Pittsburg anywhere near Pittsburgh?

  6. Karen
    Posted December 4, 2007 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    To let everyone know, recovery isn’t that bad for the donor. I had about 1.5 days of bedrest after surgery. I already had 2 babies cut out of me, so I was prepared for the discomfort. My kidney donation was July 17, 2007, and I was feeling back to the same by the beginning of August. Most important, my brother, the recipient, is alive and doing fine. I would do it all over again!!

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