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Dear Friends,

     My friend, Craig Dunbar, needs a kidney. His fistula, which is the port through whoch he receives his dialysis, is failing. Without a new kidney he will die. He lives here in Ottawa. He is a firefighter who has saved lives. Now he needs US to save his life. I will be writing other diaries about his fight, but today, I need YOUR help.

     We are doing a Twitter trending campaign. If you have Twitter, please, please, please, at 5pm Eastern, Tweet the link to his facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/...
 which has more information about his fight using the hashtag : #kidney4craig

     Also, Don Cherry, those of you in Canada will know that name, has a son who has received a kidney transplant. We are trying to get him to mention Craig's fight on tonight's Coach's Corner. Please tweet the link to Craig's facebook page to: @coachscornerCBC
     Getting Craig's mentioned on CBC on Coach's Corner would bring his fight to the attention of millions of Canadians.

     Please, if you have the ability to donate, get tested. I will have much more information in the next diary I do on Craig and his fight.

     Many of you know that my husband, Dan, died while on dialysis, so this fight is very personal for me. I couldn't save Dan's life, but together we CAN save Craig's. Please help, in any way you can.

     Bless you and thank you

     Love and Hugs,
         Heather

Information on finding out about donating a kidney to Craig:

The Red Cross should be able to test your blood type for free, if you don't have a doctor. I will be contacting Ms. Rada on Monday to ask about the issues of Americans donating to Canadians. Hugs, H

   

If You Would Like to Get Tested to See if You Can Donate your Kidney
By Catherine Grand in Kidney 4 Craig (Files) · Edit doc
Thank you!

First step: Obtain your blood type from your doctor.

Then: Please contact the Ottawa Hospital living donor coordinator, Mary Rada.

Her phone number is 613-738-8400 ext. 82778 and her email address is mrada@toh.on.ca.

If you are not a blood-type match for Craig but would still like to donate a kidney there is a way do so and get Craig a kidney through participating in the Living Donor Paired Exchange (LDPE) registry. Mary Rada (613-738-8400 ext. 82778, mrada@toh.on.ca) is also the contact for LDPE.

Paired exchange, at its simplest, is a program that registers incompatible pairs into a database with other incompatible donor/recipient pairs to hopefully create an opportunity for two recipients to receive kidneys from each other’s living donor. Read more here:

http://www.organsandtissues.ca/...

Thank you again!

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