KIDNEY FOR KAI

GIVING LIFE

About Kai

Kai was born in Folkston, Georgia. He spent 4 years in the Army (Airborne), where he was station at Fort Bragg and made countless jumps. Kai met his wife Heather in college, where she was a student at Longwood College. Kai graduated from the UMD with an MS in Mgmt and an MBA. They have been married for more than 14 years, and they currently reside in Ashburn, VA. Kai has been a telecommunications engineer for Sprint Corp. in Reston, VA for 18 years. In his spare time, you’ll find him on the water fishing for tuna, underwater with his recent SCUBA certification, at Nationals Park watching the Nats play baseball, or playing the latest game on his xBox or PC.


As a 4th generation polycystic kidney disease (PKD) carrier, Kai knew he'd have issues eventually, but he thought he'd have time, and he thought he'd have warning. From diving in Honduras in August 2016 to the ICU just a couple of months later, his medical decline was rapid and unexpected. Kai thought he had the flu and went to the local urgent care and found out he only had 6% of his kidney function remaining plus stones in his kidneys more accurately described as "boulders". Two nephrostomy tubes, multiple procedures to break up the stones, and a dialysis port later,doctors were still unable to restore kidney function, and Kai was placed on the transplant list at Georgetown Hospital in Washington, DC.


What is PKD?

Polycystic kidney disease (also called PKD) causes numerous cysts to grow in the kidneys. These cysts are filled with fluid. If too many cysts grow or if they get too big, the kidneys can become damaged. PKD cysts can slowly replace much of the kidneys, reducing kidney function and leading to kidney failure.

HOW COMMON IS PKD?

In the United States about 600,000 people have PKD. It is the fourth leading cause of kidney failure. It is found in all races and occurs equally in men and women. It causes about 5% of all kidney failure.

DOES EVERYONE WITH PKD DEVELOP KIDNEY FAILURE?

No. About 50 percent of people with PKD will have kidney failure by age 60, and about 60 percent will have kidney failure by age 70.

How Can I Help?

By clicking one of the donation options below you can help Kai by sharing the weight of the even accumlating costs of living with PDK.

Currently, Kai is on dialysis. He goes 3x/week,and with the support of his long term employ-er, he's been able to keep working. Dialysis islife prolonging, but it's a temporary solution.Kai has incredible friends willing to donate a kidney, and we anticipate him having a trans-plant before summer. Transplants, and all the care that will be required after that, are expensive. Kai and his wife Heather are no strangersto expensive medical care, and their resourcesare strained. Heather suffers from Neurofibro-matosis (NF), which can cause growth of non-cancerous (benign) tumors involving the nervesand brain. Heather is treated through an expen-sive experimental chemotherapy program.This is where we come in. We are here toraise the money that will be needed not just forKai's kidney transplant surgery, but also for theongoing medical expenses Kai and Heather willhave for the rest of his life to prevent rejectionof the donated kidney.