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.

del bobi oct 11 2012cropCommunity aids in search for kidney donor

A MEMBER OF MY FAMILY IS
IN URGENT NEED OF A
KIDNEY TRANSPLANT!

Hi everyone, this beautiful couple is my sister Bobi and her husband Del,
as you can tell by this picture, they are very much in love.

But Del needs YOUR help ~ he needs a kidney.

Living donors offer recipients the best chances for a healthy life.
You can be tested to find out if you are compatible.
Please help by getting tested and spreading the word.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Here’s a letter from my sister:

Many years ago Del 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. Recently his condition has worsened, the enlarging cysts are severely impacting the function of this kidney and it is failing. Del has been told he requires a kidney transplant as soon as possible. His best chances are a kidney from a living donor. Recipients of a living donor kidney live longer and healthier lives.

Time is of the essence so we are reaching out to as many people as we can to alert them to Del’s critical condition. You can make a difference. Please help spread the word to your family members, friends, co-workers, or any groups you are affiliated with. The more people we reach the greater the probability we can find a suitable kidney match for Del.

If you or anyone you know is willing to be tested to see if you are a compatible match for donation 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.

Thank you so much,

Barbara Cordero Du-Bois and family

Some facts :

– We are born with 2 kidneys but can survive with one.

– Polycystic Kidney Disease is a genetic disorder so family members can be affected and are not good donor candidates.

– People with the most common type of PKD progress to kidney failure also called end-stage renal disease (ESRD).

– Living donor transplants represent the best opportunity for a positive long-term outcome.

– Transplants from a live donor has the benefit of lasting twice as long as a kidney from a deceased donor.

– The wait for a deceased donor could take 5 to 7 or more years.

– While the number of people requiring a kidney transplant has been increasing each year, the number of transplants received has remained at a stable and alarmingly low level over the years.

– According to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse there are 101,047 individuals awaiting a kidney as of August 21, 2014 and since January to May of this year 11,845 people who received transplants of which 2,280 came from live donors.

Even if YOU do not have a compatible blood type please get tested to see if you can participate in the MatchingDonors.com Paired Exchange Program ~ “if a donor and patient can be found who have the opposite blood type incompatibility, kidneys can be exchanged between the two pairs and two compatible live donor transplants are possible.”   http://t.co/qHOd1brnTd