Everyone has a talent, a calling . . . something that just comes naturally. Sometimes you know it, and sometimes it just happens. Finding things seems to come naturally to me.
I’m Paul Stratton, a 51-year-old husband, father, and grandfather. Sometimes I find things that I didn’t know I was looking for until I’ve found them.
When I married my wife, Andrea (Andy), I found my best friend. We have two sets of twins--Jake & Josh, and Jessi & Jereme--who have blessed us with 5 wonderful grandchildren. I love being a grandfather!
I just keep finding more and more things to love about life!
I live in Texarkana, Arkansas and am a full-time custodian at a Kenworth truck dealership. I also find pleasure in my hobbies: enjoyment in working the land when I garden, the awe of nature when I’m sailing, the feeling of accomplishment when I’m boatbuilding, and finding myself lost in a good book when I’m reading. I have even taken my penchant for finding things to another level: My trained Golden Retrievers and I belong to a K-9 search unit and help find people’s lost loved ones.
Now I am on a more deliberate mission to find something: The kidney disease I was born with has caught up with me, and I need a living kidney donor. Because my kidneys can no longer function on their own, I’ve spent the past year on dialysis and 6 months on the deceased-donor waiting list.
I have Type O blood, but because my transplant center, Dallas Transplant Institute, participates in paired donation, a person of any blood type can be a donor.
Will you help me find--or even be--my donor so that I can get back to finding new things to love in life?
If you'd like to learn more about me or how to help, do any of the following:
- Go to my Facebook page, A Kidney for Paul Stratton.
- Speak with my transplant coordinator, Rosanna Vargaz, toll-free at 877-654-3690 or locally at 214-358-2300. My identification number is 336122.
- If you would like to read or complete a donor application, you can find one online here.
Thank you for reading my story and considering my situation. With your help, I look forward to living a long, healthy life!
P.S. - Although I live in Arkansas, I will have to remain in Dallas for 8-12 weeks following my transplant surgery. So that I can continue to pay my insurance premiums and eat healthful meals while in Dallas, I am raising funds on GoFundMe.com. If you cannot donate a kidney but would like to help by contributing to the fund, I'd be ever so grateful. Any amount at all will make things a little easier. Thanks so very much!
Amber and Max's litter. Amber is an active search dog; Max is retired.