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Episode 91: Quinton Johnson Needs A Kidney Donor. Are YOU The One?

Kent's Kidney Stories

Release Date: 02/08/2022

Episode 99: Johnson Chen Needs A Kidney Donor. Are YOU The One? show art Episode 99: Johnson Chen Needs A Kidney Donor. Are YOU The One?

Kent's Kidney Stories

Johnson Chen has an inherited disease called Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), which causes cysts to grow on his kidneys. He has a website called . Johnson is in need of a Living Kidney Donor. Can you help? Are YOU the one?  If you have questions regarding items discussed during this episode or would like more information about Kidney Solutions weekly Support Group, contact Kent at [email protected] For more information about Kidney Solutions, visit them at www.kidneysolutions.org Join in the conversation, on the ! Host: Kent Bressler Producer: Jason Nunez

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Episode 96: Marana Vradenburg Needs A Kidney Donor.                                show art Episode 96: Marana Vradenburg Needs A Kidney Donor.

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Marana was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was 9 years old. 15 years ago, it took her sight, and now she is living with only 13% kidney function and now need a kidney transplant. She is an athlete trained in Brazilian JiuJitsu and active as a personal trainer and nutrition coach for those who are pursuing healthier lifestyles. She loves staying active and volunteering with injured and disabled veterans. However, low energy levels along with fatigue from kidney disease have severely compromised her ability to do so. Are YOU the one? If you would like to learn more about becoming a donor...

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Episode 95: Paul Conway, Past President of AAKP & Kidney Transplant Recipient show art Episode 95: Paul Conway, Past President of AAKP & Kidney Transplant Recipient

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Kent talks with his friend Paul Conway, the Chair of Policy and Global Affairs and the past President of the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP). Paul has managed kidney disease for 40 years including nearly 3 years on home dialysis and is the recipient of a deceased kidney donor of over 23 years. Click  for more information on AAKP. If you have questions regarding items discussed during this episode or would like more information about Kidney Solutions weekly Support Group, contact Kent at [email protected] For more information about Kidney Solutions, visit us...

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Martin Hughes is the father of two adult children and an uncle to many nieces and nephews. He has spent the last 20 years working with formerly homeless families and individuals as a site director.  He would like to establish his own nonprofit agency to continue to help the homeless population in New York City. Martin is in need of a Living Kidney Donor. Can you help? Are YOU the one? Martin is registered on the Kidney Transplant Waiting List at  Northwell Health in Manhasset, NY. If you would like to learn more about becoming a donor for Martin, please contact Kidney...

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Today’s interview is with Rinki and Michael Etheridge are an extraordinary team. Michael needs a kidney donor as his current transplanted kidney is in danger of failure. Rinki has taken on the daunting task of finding that donor. Rinki talks about how difficult it is to be a caregiver. She gives valuable insight into what it is like to watch the love of her life struggle. Listen in as this tough young caregiver tells her story. Michael is registered on the Kidney Transplant Waiting List at  UCSF Health in San Francisco, CA. For more information, call 415-353-1551. If you would...

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Episode 91: Quinton Johnson Needs A Kidney Donor. Are YOU The One? show art Episode 91: Quinton Johnson Needs A Kidney Donor. Are YOU The One?

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Kent gets the opportunity to podcast with Quinton Johnson. Quinton has been diabetic since 6 years of age and received a pancreas/kidney transplant s a few years back. The pancreas has now failed and unfortunately, his diabetes is back and now his kidney is failing. He is actively looking for a living donor. Being 30+ years with Type 1 Diabetes and Kidney Disease is difficult. His attitude is fantastic and he is taking care of himself. If he gets a living donor he will NOT have to go on dialysis. Can you help? Are YOU the one? Quinton is registered on the Kidney Transplant Waiting List at the...

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Kent gets the opportunity to podcast with Quinton Johnson. Quinton has been diabetic since 6 years of age and received a pancreas/kidney transplant s a few years back. The pancreas has now failed and unfortunately, his diabetes is back and now his kidney is failing. He is actively looking for a living donor. Being 30+ years with Type 1 Diabetes and Kidney Disease is difficult. His attitude is fantastic and he is taking care of himself. If he gets a living donor he will NOT have to go on dialysis. Can you help? Are YOU the one?

Quinton is registered on the Kidney Transplant Waiting List at the University Transplant Institute in San Antonio, TX. For more information, call at 210-567-5777 or toll-free at 1-888-336-9633. If you would like to give the gift of life to Quinton, get started today by filling out a health history questionnaire on a desktop or laptop computer. 

If you have questions regarding items discussed during this episode or would like more information about Kidney Solutions weekly Support Group, contact Kent at [email protected]

For more information about Kidney Solutions, visit them at www.kidneysolutions.org

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Host: Kent Bressler
Producer: Jason Nunez