The Big Ask, The Big Give: Larry Greenfeld

 

Larry Greenfeld and his wife Barbara Greenfeld, former Howard Community College (HCC) staff member, are reaching out to the community for the gift of life.  As the National Kidney Foundation calls it, Larry and Barbara’s outreach is “The Big Ask” and their hope is “The Big Give.”

Larry is in critical need of a kidney donor.

Last year, in the United States over 114,000 adults and children were in need of organ transplants.  Of these, approximately 82% were waiting for a kidney; 12% for a liver; and 3% for a heart. The remaining 3% other organ and tissue transplants.  In Maryland alone, 3,375 people were on transplant waiting lists in 2018. Yet only 379 – or 16% – of those who had waited received their transplant.  As the need for organ and tissue donors increases, and the number of living and deceased donors decreases, approximately 7,000 people a year who yearn to live, sadly pass away.

 

While the gift of life provided by a living donor is not possible for most forms of transplantation, it is for kidneys.  Perhaps you can be the one  to  make a huge difference by signing up to be a deceased donor, or to make THE BIG GIVE by becoming a living donor in cases where this is possible.

Larry has lived in Howard County since 1972.  He and Barbara have one son, who is married with 2 children.  After a long and distinguished career dedicated to public service, Larry hoped to enrich the retirement chapter of his life with volunteering and time well spent with his family, especially his young granddaughters.  Presently, he is being kept alive through dialysis 3 times per week for 4 hours each time in a dialysis center without a deceased donor transplant available for years to come.

If you would like to explore being Larry’s living donor specifically, please contact:

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  • University of Maryland Medical Center – Transplant Center – umms.org/Transplant;  Kayla Replogle, Donor Coordinator – [email protected];  410-328-6838;

 

To donate to another person in need or learn more about being a deceased or  living organ, tissue and/or bone marrow donor, consult the following resources:

  • THE LIVING LEGACY FOUNDATION (LLF) of MARYLAND – The Living Legacy Foundation oversees the donation of organs and tissue from deceased The Living Legacy Foundation facilitates donation and transplantation in area hospitals, provides donor family support,  and educates hospitals and the general public about the life saving power of organ, eye, and tissue donation.

www.thellf.org; 410-242-7000; [email protected];

 

 

  • United Network for Organ Donations (UNOS) – UNOS is the government-contracted nonprofit organization that manages the U.S. organ system. UNOS provides extensive organ-transplant information to anyone.   For general information and to request a free patient information kit, call UNOS’s toll-free hotline at:  1-888-894-6361; home page – http://unos.org/; living donors and transplant recipient – transplantliving.org/

 

  • S. Government Information on Organ Donation and Transplantation; Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) – The official federal website for organ donation and transplantation. This site provides excellent information and statistics, and access to all state donor registry sign up sites – www.organdonor.gov

 

  • National Kidney Foundation (NKF) kidney.org – from menu, select Organ Donation and Transplantation; speak with a trained specialist at 1-855-NKF-CARES (1-855-653-2273) or [email protected]

 

  • THE KIDNEY DONOR’S JOURNEY: 100 QUESTIONS I ASKED BEFORE DONATING MY KIDNEY, Sytner, Ari, Sytner Publishing House, NJ (2016). Available on Amazon; approximate cost – $9.69.  A copy has been donated for HCC’s Learning Resources Center.

 

  • The minimum age to be a donor is 18.
  • A prospective donor can opt out at any point in the process.
  • Prospective donors go through extensive health screening without cost to them; they gain valuable medical information and screening through this process. Donors do not incur costs directly related to the assessment, transplant and recovery process.
  • Donors are at no greater risk post-surgically and beyond than their non-donor peers – possibly because they are subjected to such extensive health screening and must meet a high standard to qualify.
  • Many employers have policies regarding leave for living donors or work with living donors to support this worthy endeavor.

 

 

*Courtesy of the National Kidney Foundation

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