Support My Live Donor Awareness Fund at NYU Langone Transplant Inst.
Paula Tancock Burrell
97% Raised of $25,000 Goal
About My Campaign
I'm proud to share an update on my continued progress, post kidney transplant. I'd also like to invite you to contribute to my fundraising campaign for the newly established Living Donor Awareness Fund at NYU Langone Transplant Institute.
In January of this year, I received the gift of a new kidney from a living donor. At that time, I had end-stage renal disease caused by PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease). Following a series of complicated abdominal surgeries and a harrowing six months of dialysis, I was finally ready to receive my new kidney.
Sadly, my struggle to find a new, healthy organ does not make me unique. Over the past few months, several people have contacted me to ask how I found my live donor. The waiting list to receive an organ from the national registry is more than 5 years long in this state, and the need for live donors is overwhelming. I was lucky enough to find a live donor through my community, but many are not.
In response, brimming with appreciation and thankfulness, I plan to travel to Switzerland in early August to circumnavigate the Matterhorn Mountain. This 6-day guided group tour will pass through the many mountain passes and the Arolla glacier surrounding the Matterhorn, starting at 1120m above sea level on day 1 and ascending to a maximum of 3300m above sea level each day and sleeping at various mountain lodges at 1600-2000m above sea level. We are programmed to hike between 6 and 7 hours a day, crossing over into Italy for the last two nights and ending on Day 6 in Zermatt. I have been training and preparing for a challenging week. Some of you will have followed my hiking trips into the Catskills this spring. I am proud to have ascended six of the 3500ft peaks so far and can’t wait to embark upon this challenge.
I am ultimately sharing the details of my trip in the hope that you will consider making a donation in support of the Living Donor Awareness Program. It is through outreach programs like these that more lives will be saved.
The newly established Living Donor Awareness Fund will aid in the following ways:
Support NYU Langone Transplant Institute in further developing a comprehensive Live Donor Awareness and Support Program (for potential donors and those already committed).
Begin to build a community of donors and recipients that can also participate and support the fund and program.
Improve awareness of the need for live donor-ship amongst the larger public by working with the extended NYU Langone organization and our newly established community of donors and recipients.
Additionally, please consider learning more about how to become a Live Donor. Contact me or my friends at NYU Langone to learn more about our experience.
To read more about Kidney Donation please click here.
To learn more about the NYU Langone Transplant Institute please click here.
To contact the NYU Langone Transplant Institute Live Donor co-ordiantor, Lisa Kiernan, click here.
To watch the inspiring story of Dylan Matthews, altruistic donor please click here.
I encourage you to forward this to your own communities.
Paula Tancock Burrell (kidney recipient)
This photo of Peter (my donor), Dr. Bruce Gelb (my surgeon) and me was taken one week after the transplant. Both Peter and Dr. Gelb are both active mountaineers.
This campaign supports: Living Donor Awareness
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