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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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I am John Shakespeare, David's older brother.  I admire my brother David not only for his professional and community accomplishments, but for the kind, fun, generous and courageous person he is.

Since childhood we have always had a close bond, playing together and alternately fighting and defending each other, as brothers will.  This bond has grown deeper as we both coped with the tragic loss of our mother and our oldest brother to PKD.

John, Ted and DavidJohn, Ted and DavidDavid is now my only brother. Although I volunteered to be a donor, my own medical problems prevented it. I am very sad that I cannot help David win his ever-more difficult battle with PKD. Would you consider giving David the gift of a longer life by becoming a living donor?

I ask on behalf of David and our family.

“Our family has suffered many cruel losses from PKD: first my wife Sarah and then my oldest son Teddy. And now my youngest son David is approaching End Stage PKD. Please consider donating a kidney to help my son David. He is a loving, passionate, wonderful man, who I hope can live a long and healthy life.”

Ted Shakespeare, David’s father

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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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