By Michelle Rogers
We want to encourage everyone to tune into “Blaine and Allyson in the Morning” at about 9 a.m. or so Monday, March 24, as Nancy Noble and I speak about our experience as we prepare for our new lives as kidney recipient and kidney donor, respectively, on 96.3 WDVD FM.
I’ve been doing a little research to prepare, developing show notes with the following facts from the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan:
*More than 3,000 people in Michigan are waiting for life-saving kidneys
*A kidney from a live donor will extend a recipient’s life by 10 to 15 years than on dialysis
*People can sign up as living donors on the Michigan Donor Registry
*You can also donate your kidney after you’ve passed via Gift of Life or the Michigan Donor Registry
*140,000 people are living with a functioning kidney transplant
*The first kidney transplant was in 1952
*Surgery typically takes three hours
*Nancy should reach normal kidney function with her new kidney in three to five days
*There is a higher success rate with a live kidney donor
*Some upcoming fundraisers for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan include Uncorked: Wine Event in Jackson March 28; Fundraising Day April 3 at Noodles and Co., with 25 percent of the proceeds benefiting the organization; Kidney Walk May 4 in Grand Rapids and May 18 at Detroit Zoo; and a golf outing fundraiser July 28 at Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor.