A Kidney for Del Du-Bois

August 20, 2017

A personal request

Hi. This is Chelle (Cordero-Engelman),  I am Bobi (& Del) Du-Bois’ sister. I hope this note finds you well. I wanted to reach out to you.

We are desperately attempting to find a suitable donor for a kidney. Del is currently on dialysis and is in End Stage Kidney Disease. A living donor (blood type O) offers him the best chance for an extended life and more time with his family. Del is loved by so many.

Bobi and Del recently connected with an organization called Renewal. This organization helps to find suitable donors for people in dire need of kidneys. A lot of reaching out is done via emails and social media. We are asking for your help in reaching the masses.

We have a web site set up where we are also posting many of the letters that have been written on Del’s behalf. Go to https://kidney4del.wordpress.com/ to see it; scroll down to see individual posts.


We are asking for 3 things:

#1- Would you please write a few lines (a post) about what Del means to you, something about your relationship, or something about Del’s contributions (it can be any or all so long as it comes from the heart). Renewal recommends that we humanize and tug at heart-strings. Also any digital pics of you and Del (or Del in family situations) would also be appreciated.

#2- Would you please forward this site (in entirety or individual posts) to all of your email contacts, local organizations, houses of worship, unions, etc.? Also post on Facebook and/or Twitter. This will help get the word out. To forward an individual post click on the heading of that post first. Please forward this to family members and friends.

#3- If you, and this is admittedly the hardest request for me to make, or anyone you know might be a compatible donor, please consider having yourself tested. For more information about kidney donation, please call 718 431-9831 or email R9196@renewal.org . Renewal’s website is www.life-renewal.org  Please be sure to use Del’s name. Getting tested is no obligation.

Please consider doing any or all of the above, anything you can do will help. Del’s life truly hangs on this, thank you.

If you submit a letter, please write from your heart — I can fill in the necessary referral info for the post. Please email your words to me at  ChelleCordero@gmail.com  and put “Del” in the subject line. It can be just a few lines or a full letter, it all helps. Also please forward this email (or send me their email) to anyone you know who might want to contribute to this effort.

Thank you so much for your help and prayers,

With love,

Chelle.

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My brother-in-law is in need of a kidney, anyone in the U.S. can help. A living donor (we’re born with 2 kidneys but only need 1) is best, Please help.

“Many years ago Del Du-Bois was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of numerous cysts in the kidneys. In 1968 Del lost a kidney to PKD and has been managing for the past 46 years with his remaining kidney,” explained Bobi, Del’s loving wife of 45 years.

Unfortunately he is losing this battle and time is running out, he recently was put on dialysis.

If you know of someone, or yourself, who would consider donating a kidney, please consider getting tested: please contact Robert Wood Johnson Transplant Center, New Brunswick, NJ at (732) 253-3699 or 1-877-NUKIDNEY and follow the prompts for the living donor program. Tell them you are calling on behalf of Del Du-Bois.

Even if you are not a compatible match, there are “Paired Donations“, you can give a kidney to a stranger and in turn save a loved one’s life.

Please help spread the word about our need — hang a note on your church/synagogue/temple bulletin board, notify folks at work, talk it up at your social club — we appreciate anything you can do to help us.

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