Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Ya gotta have friends

A very dear friend of mine is in need of some help.

Paul Gibbs is a 34-year old Salt Lake City, Utah film student and part-time Clark Planetarium employee who is also helping to raise his 4-year-old nephew and 2-year-old niece. Having lived his entire life with impaired kidney function – he underwent 9 surgeries for Bilaterral Ureteral Reflux before the age of 5 – he now find himself in kidney failure and in desperate need of both dialysis and a kidney transplant to survive. In order to keep his body from attacking and/or rejecting the new kidney, he will have to be on medications for the rest of his life. This is a very expensive situation and not one that he can afford on his own. Medicare will pay for the surgery, but not the very expensive medications he will be on for the rest of his life.

You can donate (money, or a kidney, if you're a match!) and offer support on his blog, which was started by our friend Leisl. Every little bit helps, and posting this is the least I can do to help someone who has always been there for me.

1 comment:

chosha said...

Done. Here's hoping he finds a donor soon. It must have been a huge blow to his brother to be a match yet unable to donate. If that was my sister and I couldn't help I'd be crushed.