Tyler was recently diagnosed with a super-rare kidney disease IGA Nephropathy after going to the ER with what he thought was pneumonia.
Ever since he was born, no matter how much he pestered me (and believe me, he pestered me a lot!) I have always looked out for him. We grew up in a single-parent household (#strongMom). We both grew up scrappy, tough and ready to fight for what is important to us. We recently learned that Tyler is in a fight for his life.
At only 26, Tyler has been diagnosed with a very rare (we're talking one in a million) kidney disease: IGA Nephropathy, a.k.a Berger's Disease. What happens is that your own antibodies start attacking your kidneys. Because Tyler had zero symptoms, we did not find out any of this until he ended up in the ICU, where he almost died. So, where are we now? Tyler is in critical condition - end-stage renal failure. He needs a living kidney donor as quickly as we can find a match.
Please fill out the donor assessment form on this website:
Tyler’s personal information for page 1 of the form
Blood Type: O+
The form must be faxed to 614-293-6710 OR mailed to the following address:
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Comprehensive Transplant Center, Pre-Transplant Office
300 W. 10th Ave., 11th Floor
Columbus, OH 43212
A matching blood type is not a requirement for living kidney donation. Through Kidney Paired Donation (KPD), it is possible to donate with mismatched blood or tissue. If you do not know your blood type, OSU will test it for you.
Tyler's insurance will cover donor medical expenses and follow-up care. Have questions, concerns, or want to learn more, email email@example.com. Tyler’s sister, Brittany Erwin, manages the account.
Tyler is way more than this stupid disease:
Thank you for reading,