By writer to www.mahoningmatters.com
Native musician John Sferra was identified with kidney failure in July 2018. Since July 2020, he has been on dialysis and is hoping to obtain a kidney transplant.
Native musician John Sferra is in search of a new kidney on Facebook.
His fiancee Heidi Dietz bought the concept to start out a web based group from pals who used the social media website to seek out an organ donor. Sferra hopes he can, too.
The 69-year-old drummer and member of the Youngstown-based band Glass Harp is able to get again on stage.
However with no kidney transplant, his desires are on maintain.
Sferra stated he wouldn’t be capable of do a full live performance with rehearsals as a result of kidney dialysis impacts him otherwise each day. Some days he has quite a lot of power; different days he stated he feels depleted.
“I’m simply going to need to forego till, hopefully, a kidney transplant,” Sferra stated.
On the tender age of 16, Sferra launched his music profession as a member of the Glass Harp, a progressive rock group, in 1968.
He performed drums alongside with guitarist Phil Keaggy and bassist Daniel Pecchio.
Glass Harp recorded three albums and three singles with Decca Information. In 1974, the band formally broke up however has been doing reunion live shows since 2000.
Over time, Sferra has labored with different musicians and teams to make music and carry out at bars, weddings and Bar Mitzvahs.
As a drummer, Sferra is ready to work with many various music types. He significantly enjoys progressive rock, fusion and pop.
He additionally performs the guitar and enjoys writing music.
Sferra stated he’s fortunate to have been capable of make his ardour for music right into a profession.
“I haven’t had any enormous industrial success or something like that, but it surely’s stored me going,” Sferra stated.
The final live performance he performed was with Glass Harp on the Music Field Supper Membership in Cleveland in 2019.
Sferra often sees a physician for his Sort 1 diabetes, and he by no means had points along with his kidneys.
However, throughout a routine go to in 2018, his docs found his kidneys have been in third stage failure. His kidneys had 60 % scarring, he realized.
Kidney failure sometimes takes years to develop — even for folks with hypertension and glucose points.
Sferra had neither.
“It got here on actually quick,” Sferra stated. “The docs have been puzzled … It simply abruptly modified issues.”
In July 2020, Sferra was placed on dialysis, which he stated is each time-consuming and exhausting.
“It’s a continuing battle. I by no means know from daily how I’ll really feel,” Sferra stated.
Since beginning the Fb web page, Sferra is aware of a couple of individuals who have contacted the Cleveland Clinic Transplant Heart to see if they’d be a match.
He’s additionally on the record for a deceased organ donor, which may take three to 5 years for a transplant to occur.
“Up to now, for one cause or one other, it hasn’t labored out,” Sferra stated.
Getting again within the recreation
Regardless of his situation, Sferra stays optimistic, with the assistance of his fiancee Heidi Dietz and his stepdaughter Holly Luna.
The Fb group helps, too.
Whereas created to assist Sferra discover a donor, it’s additionally morphed right into a assist community. Members of the group share inspiring phrases and prayers for Sferra.
“I consider the most important a part of the battle of this kidney failure, and I consider outdated age usually, is prayer,” Sferra stated. “I’ve been uplifted [and] retaining a optimistic perspective.”
The web page has additionally helped elevate consciousness of kidney failure inside Sferra’s on-line group, he stated.
By telling his story, he stated it may also help others by way of their journey of ready for a kidney transplant and even simply to make extra folks conscious of kidney failure and transplants.
To have the ability to proceed taking part in music since beginning dialysis, Sferra information in his at-home studio in Howland. He is performed drum tracks for native musicians and labored with some manufacturing folks in Nashville.
With music venue bookings surging as pandemic restrictions are lifted, Sferra stated Glass Harp can be rescheduling live shows for the summer season.
He hopes he’ll be capable of be a part of his bandmates quickly.
“I feel I’ve extra music in me,” Sferra stated.