I reached out to Renewal as my kidneys started deteriorating. Initially, my doctor had told me that a kidney transplant was a possibility somewhere down the line, years away. To my dismay, shortly thereafter my kidney function started rapidly declining. I found myself needing a kidney transplant imminently. My brother Haimy was evaluated and cleared all the tests. He was scheduled to be my kidney donor! However, just a week before the transplant my brother went skiing and had an accident that left him unable to donate his kidney any longer. Needless to say, I was devastated. Thinking something great is going to happen, only to have it yanked away at the last minute was devastating. But to my great relief, Renewal already had an alternate donor testing for me. I was scheduled for transplant just four weeks later. On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, I was the fortunate recipient of Avi's kidney. Avi is an amazing person with a wonderful family that I have been fortunate enough to meet.
Please help me honor my donor by generously donating to Renewal. With more resources, Renewal will hopefully be able to save even more lives (they've been involved in close to 500 transplants already).