• Shakespeare needs a kidney

    “It’s hard to think about giving up the life I love – being with my wife and family, pursuing my environmental and community work, and enjoying outdoor sports.
    It’s even harder to think about facing a shorter life.” -- David Shakespeare

David Shakespeare is the epitome of an engaged citizen who cares deeply about the community and gives of himself to improve the quality of life for all citizens."

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from Mayor Dolan



My experiences with PKD did not begin until I was 18 years old. Prior to that my life was very normal. My family and I were close. We spent many wonderful summers together, either on cross-country camping trips, attending theater festivals, or visiting with cousins.

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Great news: I have a wonderful donor and a date set for the transplant!!

A long lost friend from my days at UMass Amherst, Nancy, contacted me out of the blue over 7 weeks ago (sorry for the long delay in posting) and told me she was my donor.

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Boston Globe Article 12/22

One click could change David Shakespeare’s life. Or it could be a ping, a like, a tweet, or the swoosh of an e-mail. Even the old-fashioned ring of a phone call.

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Meet David Shakespeare

I’d like you to meet my wonderful husband David Shakespeare — outdoorsman, environmental analyst, community advocate, as well as a loving friend and family man. We live outside Boston in Melrose, Mass., with our two cats, Cosmo and Lily. At age 54, he’s not only working on renewable energy projects, he’s also fighting a potentially life threatening battle with PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease).

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Message from David

People tell me I’m most inspired when faced with a challenge, whether camping in the Alaskan wilderness, working for better public policies, or confronting diseases such as PKD.  My personal battle with PKD has led me to become an informed patient as well as a passionate advocate for research and a cure.

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Contact Us

Dear friends,

Thank you for visiting this website and for all who have helped me so far. I appreciate your willingness to join our campaign. My life depends on finding that caring individual who is willing to donate a kidney. With your help, I know I can find that special person. I welcome all questions, comments, ideas or good wishes.

The best way to reach me is by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

You can also call 617-505-0683.

With gratitude, David

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