Greetings! My name is Scott, and I'm from Vancouver, Washington. I'm 44 years old and have been married to my lovely wife, Debra, for 12 years. I have 2 adult stepsons, Ian and Preston, whom I helped raise. In my spare time, I enjoy reading; walking our dogs, Zoe and Hannah; and taking in the beauty of nature in our backyward. Oh . . . and as you can see from the photos, I'm a big Detroit fan. I work full-time as a clerk at Fred Meyer grocery store, where I've held a position since 1986.
While I was in the hospital in June, 2012, I was diagnosed with IgA Nephropathy, a disease in which protein builds up in the kidneys and damages them. I began dialysis while in the hospital and have continued it ever since. However, dialysis in only a temporary stopgap--a life-support measure--and it will not keep me alive indefinitely. The average lifespan of a person on dialysis is only 5 years. In order to survive, I must have a kidney transplant.
Athough I'm on the waiting list for a kidney from a deceased donor, I'm seeking a living donor because a transplant from a living person has a much better outcome than one from a deceased person. A living-donor kidney, for example, usually lasts about 20 years, whereas a deceased-donor kidney lasts only about 10 years.
I have Type O blood, but because my transplant center, Legacy Good Samaritan, in Portland, Oregon, participates in paired donation, a person of any blood type can donate. You need not be a resident of either Washington or Oregon to be a donor, and programs are availablew to cover the cost of transportation, lodging, meals, and car rental for donors who do not live in the immediate area. All medical expenses are covered by my insurance company.
If you would like to be tested to see if you are a match for me, please contact my transplant coordinator, Margaret Marksthaler, at 503-413-7349. Or, you may contact the hospital toll-free at 1-800-733-9959 and ask for Ms. Marksthaler at the transplant center. If you like, you may contact me personally by visiting my Facebook page, A Kidney for Scott.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my page and for considering living donation. If you are unable to donate but would like to help, please pass my story on to others. Thanks again, and have a teriffic day!
My dad and me at the Columbia River Gorge, July, 2012