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 firstname.lastname@example.org
This is Darryl R. Miller, and he needs our help in finding a living donor. Darryl is battling a heredity condition known as Polycystic Kidney Disease, or PKD for short. Polycystic Kidney Disease is a disorder that primarily affects the kidneys. The growth of cysts causes the kidneys to become enlarged and leads to kidney failure.
Darryl grew up in Michigan as the youngest of four siblings. Unfortunately, due to health and compatibility reasons, none of Darryl’s siblings are able to provide assistance to him. Darryl remained in Michigan after college/graduate school, but now is a Technology Specialist with the Federal Government in Washington D.C. He and Terri have been married for 28 years after meeting in college. Darryl and Terri went to Central State University and met during their freshman year. Although it was not a first sight connection, there was certainly a memorable one, and fate brought them back together.
However, a picture-perfect life is only perfect when you have your health. This self-proclaimed computer geek is much more comfortable in front a computer screen rather than on a website asking for help. But help is what he needs. He is currently registered at three top rated transplant facilities, so he just needs people to be tested to see if they are a possible match to be a living donor.
Blood Type 0.
• University of Michigan: Transplant Coordinator Trey Nisha Jones - 734.936.9435
• Georgetown University Hospital: Transplant Coordinator Maria Cecelia Balmores 703.698.9254
• University of Maryland: Transplant Coordinator Lisa Parker - 410.328.0786
This is Casaundra Butler, and she needs to find a living donor. Casaundra has 3B Chronic Kidney Disease and her family is not a match to be a kidney donor. The 3B notation is the stage of kidney failure Casaundra is currently in with 5 being the worst stage. Her symptoms include fatigue, swelling in hands and feet, back pain, and weakness. Casaundra needs a living donor but none of her siblings or family members are a match. She has three sisters, two nephews and one niece. Casaundra is from Alexandria, Louisiana and she has a cat named Velvet. She is still working, loves to cook, and spend time with the family.
Casaundra has been keeping a cheerful outlook but things are hard when you are not healthy. Her doctors are at Tulane University Transplant Institute in New Orleans so she must find a ride to get to appointments. When you are sick, even the smallest things can become a monumental hurdle. Please help make her challenges a little lighter by being on Team Casaundra!
Please call Tulane University Coordinator below.
Tulane University Transplant Institute Phone #: 504-988-5254
• Transplant Coordinator: Mia
Meet Lance Parrott!
Lance graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans where he received a dual degree in Business Administration and Marketing. This proud father of three certainly has some bragging rights. His oldest, graduated from Penn State, Go Nittany Lions, went on to Howard Law School and is now a lawyer in Washington DC. His other daughter graduated from Syracuse and she plans to continue her education either in medical school or graduate school. And not to be outdone by the ladies in the family, his son is in graduate school studying sports management.
He is also a father to a rescue dog, a two-year old American Rose Nose Pitbull Terrier named Mac. Luckily the dog has a short name since the breed does not.
His disease has a name, although the acronym is a lot easier to handle. FSGS is Focal Segmental Glumerulosclerosis and it is a rare kidney disease where finding a living donor is his only option. He was diagnosed back in high school after football practice and he has lived a healthy life style. But the years have just crept up on him and now he needs our help.
Lance's blood type is B+. Optimal donor types are B and O. This does not mean that you have to have a +/- variation of B or O blood type as other blood types may work.
Potential Donors please call Northwestern Medicine transplant Center:
312-695-0828 and ask for Elise.
This is Steve Byers and he needs a living donor.
Steve Byers is a firefighter and former fire chief from Indiana. This small-town hero does not run away from danger, but he runs towards it. But now this larger than life husband, father, grandfather and chief needs the help of his community. Steve is in renal failure and is on dialysis 3 days a week.
Steve loves being outdoors and spending precious time with his family. He has given so much of himself to his family, to the communities of Boonville and Warrick counties in Indiana through his work as a firefighter for 26 years, a Fire Chief for 18 years and also a city council member.
Steve is registered at Indiana University Medical Center. He is 0+ blood type but there’s always the possibility of a paired exchange so you wouldn’t have to be his blood type.
His transplant coordinator is Laura Quinn,R.N. and can be reached at (317) 944-2054.
This is Gary Kleiman and he needs our help in finding a living donor. Gary has Type 1 Diabetes and living with the disease has taken his sight and his one remaining kidney is now failing. The only course of action is a kidney transplant. Gary has spent nearly 50 years helping children diagnosed with diabetes. He has served as a lifeline and vital source of counseling and comfort to them and their families as a diabetes camp counselor and throughout his career as Executive Director of Medical Development at the Diabetes Research Institute in Miami. Gary has been a tireless advocate for Diabetes Research. Gary has spent his life raising money to find a cure for diabetes. He has hosted fundraisers, made a career out of raising awareness for research and finding a cure so that no one must live with this disease. But even the strong must ask for help sometimes.
Gary is a father of two boys as well as a furry son named Dash. He is a Miami native who attended Miami Beach High School and then attended Syracuse University. This Florida boy returned to his South Florida roots where was a sculpture artist, avid tennis player as well as a Miami Heat and Dolphin fan.
Please help Gary by calling his Transplant Coordinator at Miami Transplant Institute to learn more about being a living donor.
Lourdie Derard – 305-355-5000