I’m Asking For Your Help

Please see below a forwarded message concerning fellow club members Mary and Charlie Ortmann.

Dear friends,

Some of you may be unaware that my husband, Charlie is in stage 4 kidney failure. He has been on dialysis for the past 10 months and is hoping for a kidney transplant.  I need to make as many people as possible aware of his need for a kidney donor. This will maximize the chances that a compatible altruistic person will come forward.

This is where you can help. I’m asking you to read the enclosed letter and then forward it. Please forward it to as many friends and relatives (especially grown children) of yours as possible, asking them to forward it to their friends and relatives. The idea is to spread the word about kidney donation and Charlie’s situation far and wide.

I’m confident that someone out there will take our message to heart and donate a kidney to my beloved Charlie.

If you have any difficulty opening a hyperlink in the letter, copy and paste it to your browser.

Thank you in advance for your help,

This is the most difficult letter I have ever had to write. As you may know Charlie has been suffering from renal disease for the past 20 years and now he is in END STAGE RENAL DISEASE and requires DIALYSIS to live.
My remarkable husband is a sensational father, grandfather, and friend, as well as my hiking partner and the most wonderful man who can fix or mend anything around the house. He is full of life and he has a lot more living to do.
Currently he is strong enough and has been placed on the kidney transplant list. His dialysis wears his body down, especially his heart.  He will not be able to hold out for 5 years waiting for a transplant; time is not on his side. The answer is a living kidney donation. He really wants to live. And I am really hoping that you can help.
LIVING DONATION is a voluntary gift of one kidney (we only need one). It is a safe, proven laparoscopic procedure which can be done immediately. Donors are tested thoroughly to ensure SAFE and HEALTHY outcomes. Medical expenses, travel, lodging, and work time lost by the donor may be covered. The transplant will take place at the Mayo Clinic Arizona, one of the highest-rated hospitals for living donation.
Charlie’s blood type is O. He can only receive from an O donor. We have blood type testing kits available. Donors must be free of kidney disease, heart attack, diabetes, cancer, kidney stones, high blood pressure, and obesity.

I know Kidney donation is not right for everyone. Many cannot donate, or choose not to. But I ask you to SPREAD THE WORD. Send this message to as many people as you know. Learning about living donation will save Charlie’s life and the lives of others with kidney diseases.

To learn more about Charlie: www.ourguyneedsakidney.com
To learn more about Living Kidney Donation:  www.lkdn.org
To learn more about donating to Charlie:  www.Mayoclinic.org/livingdonor Mayo Clinic 480-340-1010
Thank you so much for being here
With love, respect and friendship
Mary (Ortmann)