The Northeast Kidney Foundation's Annual Walk for Kidneys is Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Central Park in Schenectady, NY. Our team will be walking in honor of Ed Shapiro – a man who touched so many lives and will never be forgotten.
2019 marks eight years since his passing and we are walking again this year to keep his spirit alive. Donating through this site is fast, easy, and secure. It is also the most efficient way to make a contribution to our fundraising efforts.
Thank you for visiting our team's personal fundraising page and supporting this very important cause. Don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too! The Kidney Foundation and its mission were very important to both Ed and his wife, Tricia.
Please read their personal story below.
At the age of 25, Ed was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease and in 1988, 18 years later; he received his first kidney transplant from a deceased donor. The kidney lasted for 19 years and during that time, Ed had a full and active life. He competed in the U.S. Transplant Games and won medals in swimming, long jump and table tennis.
In 2007, his kidney failed and he had to begin dialysis three days a week for four hours a session. Watching Ed endure dialysis was devastating to his family and friends. Although they were not an exact match, with the help of new anti-rejection medications, Ed received his second kidney transplant, from his wife, Tricia on May 19, 2008. This second kidney transplant gave Ed and Tricia a chance to enjoy their lives again.
Years of anti-rejection and immunosuppressive medications can leave a transplant recipient prone to other serious health conditions. Ed was not a stranger to fighting and winning these battles. In April of 2011 Ed was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Within a week and half we learned the cancer had metastasized to his liver and on April 30 he was brought to the hospital with very high fevers. He came home from the hospital on May 23 and spent the next three weeks visiting friends and family. People came every day to see him - some days as many as 15 people were at the house. He passed away peacefully with such dignity and grace on June 15, 2011.
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