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He’s nonetheless received a protracted highway forward of him, however Andrew Astarita says he’s extremely grateful for all of the love, help and curiosity in his story as he and his household work to discover a much-needed kidney.
Native 10 Information profiled the Coconut Creek man and his determined search to discover a match, main his household and neighborhood to assist increase cash to get the phrase out. They in the end took out electronic billboards on I-95 that may air in Miami Dade and Broward counties, studying “My Daddy Wants A Kidney.”
The story caught the eye of parents at TPS Engage, an organization that permits anybody to guide hourly slots on billboards throughout the nation.
“We noticed the information article in regards to the billboard in Miami and due to what we will we thought we might assist. We wished to assist,” stated Matei Psatta, co-founder of TPS Interact.
The billboard is now operating from Wednesday to Saturday for no less than an hour per day in one of many busiest locations within the nation: Occasions Sq. in New York.
Psatta stated the corporate operates some 300,000 billboards throughout the nation and that the story actually hit his crew arduous, main them to achieve out to Astarita through his social media platforms.
Astarita has been looking for a kidney donor for years, taking drastic actions lately as his situation has gotten worse. He was identified with Polycystic Kidney Illness, or PKD.
It impacts the kidneys and different organs, and medical doctors say it’s hereditary. His mom had it and didn’t survive dialysis.
“I’m at the moment in stage 5 kidney failure or end-stage renal illness,” Astarita writes on his web site. “On this final stage, kidneys operate beneath 15 % of their regular fee.”
His publish continuesL “My present kidney operate is 13%. At this level, I might want to go on dialysis very quickly. The kind of dialysis remedy that I will likely be doing will happen each evening for eight to 10 hours.”
You possibly can study extra about residing donation on the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) website or by calling the NKF’s free, confidential helpline at 855-653-2273.
If you wish to discuss to somebody who’s already donated a kidney, NKF also can assist.
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