Health Editor’s Note: We are placing this announcement onto VT for obvious reasons. Maybe someone out there would want to help as we get this information out to our readers. This is sharing and in no way do we push for anyone to consider this. The site www.Kidney4Jonah.com has much additional information about this. This information was sent to us by Jennifer Laszlo Mizahi of www.RespectAbility.org …….Carol
Jonah Selber, who is a major role model for people with disabilities, needs a kidney. Jonah already had a kidney transplant 11 years ago. However, his body is now rejecting the kidney. His mother Judith Creed, who is a member of our board and a full time volunteer for disability issues, already donated the kidney to him earlier. So we need someone new to step (or roll) up and help. Below is a blog from Judith about her son Jonah and the situation. I am hoping you will read it and will share it. The link that I hope you will share on social media is www.Kidney4Jonah.com.
Think about it. You or someone you know could save a life. Thanks so much for reading this and for sharing the opportunity to save a life – Jonah’s life. You or someone you know could be THE difference.
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi
By Judith Creed
I am Jonah’s mom. I gave him my kidney 11 years ago, but now it is failing. Jonah has his whole happy, productive life ahead of him. He’s an accomplished, social, upbeat young man who has succeeded in life “against all odds”. Jonah was born with a cognitive impairment. The doctors told us to “put him away” and forget him. We didn’t. And now Jonah lives in his own apartment, he’s been working every day for 20 years at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he is a valued employee. He has an active life, pays taxes, votes and volunteers to help others. And now he’s the one that needs help.
Jonah is terrified of dialysis. With good reason. He actually knows two people who died waiting for a kidney. That is a chilling story to know. He also knows that dialysis means giving up the life he’s worked so hard to achieve. The waiting list in Pennsylvania is 3-5 years. Jonah will not survive that wait.
We all need Jonah to remain in our lives. And Jonah desperately wants to live.
We are hoping and praying that by you sharing this website, Kidney4Jonah.com, an angel somewhere out there will be moved to step forward as a donor. All medical expenses, out of pocket expenses, lost work expenses and the like will be paid by insurance and our family.
Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.
She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – one daughter-in-law; Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with her husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescues.