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Doug Marek and Ted Schweich first met one another in grade college and within the 70s they fashioned an enduring friendship on the Prior Lake Excessive College soccer subject.
Now at age 63, Schweich has been battling kidney failure for practically 5 years and Marek together with different PLHS graduates and Schweich’s family members are teaming up as soon as once more in an effort to search out Schweich a kidney donor.
Schweich is a graduate of the College of Notre Dame, a dad, a grandfather, a brother, an uncle, a buddy and among the many lengthy checklist of people within the U.S. ready for a life-saving kidney donation.
Nevertheless it may take as much as seven years for his identify to make its option to the highest.
To assist Schweich discover a donor as shortly as doable Crew Ted has began a GoFundMe, is working with M Well being Fairview’s Dwelling Donor Program and ensuring Schweich’s story is seen all over the place.
SPREADING THE WORD
About 20 miles north of Forest Lake as drivers head southbound on I-35 towards the Twin Cities, they’ll quickly see a billboard of Schweich and his granddaughter asking “My grandpa Ted wants a kidney. Are you able to assist us?” That very same signal may be seen wrapped round a SouthWest Transit bus with the hope it might catch the attention of a possible donor.
“There’s anyone on the market, we simply haven’t discovered them but,” Marek stated.
Schweich stated it’s an enormous ask so he’s “apprehensive and hopeful too” in his buddy’s efforts to search out him a kidney, however he’s amazed on the help he has acquired so far.
“I didn’t anticipate what they’ve already achieved and completed in such a brief time frame,” Schweich stated.
Although his well being and dialysis thrice per week has considerably impeded Schweich’s potential to work, he’s the proprietor of a neighborhood building firm, a household man and your common Minnesotan who was dealt some unlucky well being, Marek stated. It may occur to anyone, he added.
“We all know he’d do it for us, I feel is the very best praise I may give to Ted,” Marek stated. “He can’t so we’re stepping up for him, however he’s definitely achieved it through the years for his household, his buddies, the group, and so forth. That’s how I might describe Ted as a workforce participant. Now he’s only a teammate in want of a kidney on this case or some assist.”
Because of the dialysis he receives, Schweich has needed to spend nearly all of his final yr remoted. A kidney transplant would “flip my entire life again round,” Schweich stated including that it will permit him to return to work and be extra productive.
If a viable match with the identical blood sort as Schweich is discovered, he would be capable to bypass the donor waitlist fully. Even when they’re not an ideal match, a donation would assist get Schweich nearer to a brand new kidney and save the lifetime of another person, Marek stated.
“With all of the issues taking place on the earth with COVID and the political panorama throughout, I feel individuals wish to do one thing good and this can be a nice option to both step up and be a donor, but when they’ll’t perhaps they know anyone that may be keen to do it, (somebody) pondering hey, I’ve all the time needed to do that. I do know I can stay with one kidney, however for no matter motive didn’t understand how,” he stated.
Marek inspired even these on the fence about donating to go to umnhealthlivingdonor.org the place they’ll fill out a confidential kind and see if being a donor is true for them. Finishing the shape doesn’t lock inquirers into donation. These or in search of extra data may contact TeamTed@mail.com.
Marek hopes the billboard won’t solely result in a donor for his buddy, however educate extra people concerning the transplant course of and the necessity for donors.
“It solely takes one kidney donor to save lots of a life,” he stated.
The workforce has been overwhelmed on the generosity they acquired on the “Assist Ted Schweich get a kidney!!!” GoFundMe which lined the price of the billboard for Ted, Marek stated. The fund surpassed its aim, however further donations will likely be given to the American Kidney Basis and the Dwelling Donor program.
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