This is Steve Reichardt, and he is an important part of a team that most people are not aware it even exists. For the past 15 years, Steve has been a dedicated volunteer and head baseball coach at San Quentin prison. He works with inmates on their rehabilitation and gives them the tools to succeed upon their release. And he also brings to them his love of baseball. San Quentin is the only prison that allows free men/women inside a prison to play a regulation baseball game against an all-reincarcerated team. His love of baseball also includes baseball cards. As an avid sports card collector, he understands the importance of preserving cherished memories and appreciating life's little treasures.
Steve still lives in the city of his birth, San Francisco, and is a graduate of the California Maritime Academy. He currently works as the Assistant Chief Engineer at One Maritime Plaza in San Francisco for CBRE. Steve’s high school senior class voted him “Most Friendly,” which is an honor that he still cherishes. Steve helps take care of his 82-year-old mother and has a dog named Tate, so that fills the rest of this busy man's time.
Steve is in stage 4 renal failure due to Polycystic Kidney Disease or PKD for short. PKD is inherited so most family members will not qualify to be a match. Steve’s parents and grandmother all had PKD. Steve was diagnosed in 1989, so in the last 34 years his kidney function has declined and is now only at 12%. Steve's doctors have him scheduled to start dialysis while he looks for a kidney donor.
Steve knows something about needing a second chance and making sure that he sees the good in others. He is looking for someone to join his health team. See contact info below to register to be evaluated.
Steve's blood type is 0+.
Potential Donors please call CPMC (San Francisco):
415-600-5973 and ask for Lana Jabar or email@example.com
You can also mail donations to:
Kidney Buddy Foundation Inc.
221 Via Condado Way
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Go to unos.org to register on the National Kidney Donor list.
Everyone that needs a kidney donation has an individual transplant coordinator that is helping them through the process. Contact the coordinator that is listed for each of our featured buddies so you can be tested for that person.
If you are not a match for your person, you can still help them by registering for the Paired Kidney program. Go to paireddonation.org to learn more.
Everyone needs a helping hand. If you know of someone that needs a kidney transplant, help them get the message out in workplace newsletters, clubs, religious communities and also through kidneybuddy.org.
Share our Facebook posts with your friends. The more people that know of someone in need, the greater the chance we can find their buddy.
Please read about being a living donor on our site and meet the people that have already found their match and those that still need a buddy. We are here to help navigate families through kidney donation.
Contact us on this website or email Ken@kidneybuddy.org
We have a Featured Buddy Questionnaire that you will need to complete that includes your illness, transplant coordinator name, center, phone number and email address.
People want to know your story so all of us at Kidney Buddy need to get to know you. Our Featured Buddies are encouraged to share some highs and lows and then also something unique like a favorite song, movie, first job or childhood nickname. People need to connect with a person to want to make the unselfish commitment to be a living donor.
Once you are a Featured Buddy, you will need to help us spread the word. We have compiled a list of responsibilities that include following us on social media, sharing the post with all of your friends and asking them to do the same. The average person has 300+ friends on Facebook so you are increasing your chances of getting your story seen if your family and friends are notified to start SHARING!
You will need a Facebook page so that people can follow you and your transplant journey. You can provide updates, pictures of your family and how your illness impacts them and also any updates on your health. Make it personal as everyone has a unique experience.
Ask your HR department if they will include your story in the company newsletter. If you belong to any clubs, alumni groups or religious organizations, ask them if they will share your story.
Once you hear the news, your first thought is "Now What"? Do these 5 things to get started.
Questions? Of course, click here for straight forward answers on being a living donor.
Get information on the Paired Kidney Program and the kidney donor process.