Tony is a hardworking, dedicated, and loving man who cares deeply for his family.  He has given so much to others, we hope someone will choose to give back to him.

About Tony

Tony’s kidney disease has slowly progressed since 1985 when he had his first heart transplant. Tony started taking immunosuppressant medication that was hard on his kidneys. After 38 years of taking the medication, his kidney function decreased to 11% function. In January 2022, Tony’s kidney specialist told him that he would need a kidney transplant. He was then placed on the kidney transplant waiting list. In February 2023, Tony started dialysis because his kidney function dropped to 9%.

we need to find a living donor

Waiting 3-5 years for a kidney from a deceased donor is not the best path forward for Tony.  With a living donor, Tony can get his kidney transplant sooner!  Research has shown that when patients receive a kidney from a living donor, the outcome is generally better.  Living kidney donation is also ideal because kidneys from living donors last longer and there is a lower chance Tony’s immune system will attack his new kidney (rejection).

Thankfully, there is another solution, living kidney donation.   Tonyy’s medical team has asked that he share his story with those he knows in the hope that he might be able to find a courageous living kidney donor.  This donor would not only save and extend Tony’s life, but also give the greatest gift to his wife, family, and friends.

who is eligible to donate?

Tony is extremely lucky to have secured highly qualified medical help and support from the team at the University of Utah Health. He wants any interested persons to know that they will be in exceptional hands should they decide to step forward.  UUH has shared the following as a pre-qualification list for donation:

  • must be between the age of 18-69 years old.
  • must be healthy and free of major health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, obesity (BMI of 37 or less).
  • must be mentally and emotionally healthy.

You Can Help Save Tony's Life!


If you are interested in being Tony’s living donor, please complete the short contact form below. A donor advocate will reach out to you within one business day to answer any questions you may have and will guide you through the next steps in the process.

Have Questions About donating?

Having questions is normal! We have a great resource available. Please complete the contact form below and a donor advocate named Laurie will reach out to you. Laurie is a living kidney donor who can answer any non-medical questions you may have, guide you through the process, and connect you to great resources. If you have medical questions, we can connect you with the right team member at the University of Utah Health.

No, but i want to help!

Thank you! The best way you can help is by following Tony's Facebook Page and sharing posts from his page as much as possible. The more shares we get, the more people we can reach, and the better chance we will have of finding Tony’s courageous donor.


Below are the simple steps you will take to move through the living donor process.  Know that even thinking about being Tony’s living kidney donor is a courageous step and we are grateful for you!


Fill out the short contact form below and Laurie, a donor advocate, will reach out to you within 1 business day to set up a time to connect.


During your time with Laurie, you will get to ask questions and get answers from a living kidney donor. She will tell you more about the process, address non-medical concerns, and connect you to valuable resources.


Breeze is a health questionnaire that will be reviewed by Tony's medical team to determine your eligibility for living donation and next steps.

Fill out my online form.

Kidney Transplant Facts

Here are some things you may not know about kidney transplant and living donation.  After considering the facts, you will see why living kidney donation is Tony’s best option for healing and living a full life.


There are over 100,000 people on the kidney transplant waiting list in the U.S. On average, most peopl will wait 3-5 years before getting a kidney from a deceased donor.


Each day, 17 people die waiting for a life-saving organ transplant and a new name is added to the transplant waiting list every 9 minute


The shortage of kidneys for transplantation continues to be a public health crisis in the U.S.


5,700 living kidney donor surgeries occur annually in the U.S. and the vast majority of kidney donors know the person they donate to.


When a person steps forward to donate a kidney, one is removed and the other grows and increases its function so the body can operate normally.


Living kidney donors are often able to return to work within 2 weeks, and fully heal within 6-8 weeks.

Looking for a Kidney for Tony

From Tony...

“As an independent person who has worked hard all of my life, it is hard for me to ask for something as personal as the gift of a living donor kidney.  Know that I am incredibly grateful to you.  There is so much I want to do in life, and I especially want more time with my wife, son, and grandchildren.”

Questions & Answers

Unfortunately, Tony’s wife is not a good candidate because she has kidney stones.  His son cannot donate at this time due to health.  One thing many people do not know it, sometimes, the best living donor match is someone outside of the recipient’s family. 

While Tony's insurance will provide coverage for the donor, the donor needs to have their own health insurance in the rare event an unknown health issues comes up for the donor.

While Tony’s insurance covers all costs related to the donation (for Tony and the donor), there are expenses like travel, meals, and lost wages that you may be reimbursed for.  There are resources available to ensure you are not paying for anything out of pocket.  We can provide more information on those resources, if interested.

Living kidney donors are often able to return to work within 2 weeks, and fully heal within 6-8 weeks. After surgery, the donor’s remaining kidney will also grow in size and function, allowing them to live normal life with just one kidney.

Living kidney donors are often able to return to work within 2 weeks, and fully heal within 6-8 weeks. After surgery, the donor’s remaining kidney will also grow in size and function, allowing them to live normal life with just one kidney.

The ideal outcome is for Tony is to find a living donor.  He has already battled so much with his kidney disease and heart failure that being on the kidney transplant waiting list for 3-5 years is simply not ideal.  Long-term dialysis is also not ideal as it can lead to a variety of complications such as low blood pressure, injection site infection, and blood clots.

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