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Help us find a kidney for Brad Knowles

Our beloved team leader, Brad Knowles, was recently added to the kidney transplant list here in Maine. We need your help in getting the word out to find a live donor!! #KidneyForBradK

Brad Knowles is the type of guy you just want as a friend.  The first thing you notice is his sense of humor, the second is his heart. He is passionate… passionate about his love for his family, god, and his community.

 

A leader in every sense of the word. He is the first one to lend an ear or help in any situation. Whether that’s through charitable endeavors or his wise words of advice. Those that are blessed to know him will be hard pressed to say anything negative about him. He’d give you an arm, a leg, or even the shirt off his back. Now he needs something from us. 

 

Brad needs an army. He was recently added to the kidney transplant list here in Maine.

 

Twenty-eight years ago, he was diagnosed with a genetic condition known as polycystic kidney disease (PKD). PKD is a progressive hereditary disease that has no cure, and the only life-saving treatment is a transplant. Without finding a live donor his wait for a kidney could be 4-6 years if one is found at all. 

 

The man that is always smiling, hides his constant pain and his quality of life is suffering. Even a regular day's work, which his day is anything but, takes its toll.

 

You may only know the business side of Brad. Outside of running two companies, Keller Williams Realty-Greater Portland and Knowles Development, he’s a husband and father to three wonderful children. His family is very active in their community, church, and 4-H club. They live in Cumberland, just one town over from where he grew up in Falmouth, and in their free time raise both goats and chickens.

 

Finding him a live donor, sooner rather than later, means we help him continue to be the active father, husband, business leader, and friend we all love and admire.

 

We are asking for your help in rallying around him in a time of need. If you'd consider being a donor, please scroll down for more information. If you can't donate, would you please help us spread the word? Share our Facebook posts, email us for a flyer you can put up in your business, or send us a message on ideas you may have.

Frequently asked questions

HOW TO DONATE

What medical conditions make me ineligible to donate?


The first three things that will make you fail donation screening are 1. if you are diabetic or have hypertension under the age of 50 and on one medication. 2. BMI over 35 3. If you have had kidney stones and are under the age of 40 or they are over the age of 40 and have had kidney stones within the past 10 yrs




How to I find out if I'm a match?


Thank you for voluteering to start the process. The first step takes about five minutes. You should visit: https://mmc.donorscreen.org/register/now *****IMPORTANT***** PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL GET TO A SECTION WHERE IT ASKS IF YOU ARE DONATING FOR A SPECIFIC PERSON. Here is how you answer those questions for Brad to get credit for your donation: 1. What is the recipient's current status? Not on Dialysis, but needs a transplant soon. 2. Name and DOB: Bradford Knowles. DOB: 11/5/1975 3. Is your recipient currently at our transplant center? YES




I'd like to give money is there a way to do so?


While the majority of expenses will be paid for by insurance, we may be taking up a donation to help Brad and his donor at a later date. To make sure you stay in the know, please visit our Facebook page. When and if the time comes we will post there first.




I did the inital screening step what does the rest of the process look like?


This process can be lengthy, the general steps are: 1. Health records review 2. Blood compatibility and genetic testing 3. Initial lab work/ diabetic testing 4. Evaluation visit 5. Review of the reports 6. Pre-surgical visit and repeat of 
cross-match 7. Surgery 8. Recovery





WHAT IS PKD

What is PKD?


Polycystic (polly-SIS-tick) kidney disease (PKD) is a genetic disease. This means that it is caused by a problem with your genes. PKD causes cysts to grow inside the kidneys. These cysts make the kidneys much larger than they should be and damage the tissue that the kidneys are made of. PKD causes chronic kidney disease (CKD) , which can lead to kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease (ESRD). PKD causes about 2 percent (2 out of every 100) of the cases of kidney failure in the United States each year. For more info please visit the Kidney Fund.





TRANSPLANT INFO

What are the risks associated with being a live donor?


We are not medical providers and encourage you to speak with the transplant team for more information. Some of the risks associated with donating are the same risks of any major surgery: Pain (controlled with medication) GI discomfort 
(gas and constipation) Bleeding Pneumonia (possible risk of anesthesia) Wound infection Death (in the US: 3.1 deaths per 10,000 transplants)




How long does a kidney transplant last?


Kidneys from a living donor may last up to three times longer than a kidney from a deceased donor. Deceased donor kidneys function 10 years on average




What if I'm approved and change my mind?


Just tell a member of the screening team. The reason will remain confidential, we are grateful for anyone that is willing to start the process.




Are people with preexisting health conditions allowed to donate?


The first three things that will make you fail donation screening are 1. if you are diabetic or have hypertension under the age of 50 and on one medication. 2. BMI over 35 3. If you have had kidney stones and are under the age of 40 or they are over the age of 40 and have had kidney stones within the past 10 yrs





ALL ABOUT BRAD

Why does Brad need a kidney?


Brad needs a kidney because his are failing. Twenty-eight years ago, he was diagnosed with a generic condition known as polycystic kidney disease (PKD). PKD is a progressive hereditary disease that has no cure, and the only life-saving treatment is a transplant. Without finding a live donor his wait for a kidney could be 4-6 years, if one is found at all.




What happens if Brad doesn't find a live donor?


A live donor is the best solution for Brad. Without a live donor he may have to start dialysis, and the wait for a deceased donor could be 2-6 years.




When did Brad find out he had PKD?


Brad was diagnosed with PKD 28 years ago. It is a genetic condition, for more information on the disease visit the kidney fund.





HOW TO HELP

I can't donate. How else can I help?


1. Get the word out on social media #KidneyforBradK. 2. Email us for posters you can put up around your town / workplace. 3. Sign up for our email list or follow-us on facebook for up-to-date information.




Can I raise money to help?


While the majority of expenses will be paid for by insurance, we may be taking up a donation to help Brad and or his donor at a later date. To make sure you stay in the know, please visit our Facebook page. When and if the time comes we will post there first.





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