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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LIVING WITH PKD

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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What is a Living Kidney Donation?

Doctors have confirmed that people don’t actually need two kidneys: one kidney can do the work for two, with no impact on long-term health. This means that someone with healthy kidneys can donate one for surgical transplant, to save the life of someone with life-threatening kidney disease.

Who is Eligible?

Any healthy person between 18-65 can volunteer. Someone with blood type O or A would be ideal, although someone with another blood type can still help David with a transplant through a Paired Kidney Exchange (see FAQs)

How to Become a Living Donor:

First, CONTACT Massachusetts General Hospital's (MGH) Living Donor Coordinator:

  • Call 1-877-644-2860
  • Visit the MGH web page (You can remain anonymous and learn more about the process, including the Paired Kidney Exchange).
  • If you are from out of state, ask the donor coordinator if you can get initial testing done at your local clinic or hospital.

Second, GET TESTED

AT MGH Potential donors undergo a thorough evaluation to ensure they’re in good health with a variety of outpatient tests, which are covered by David’s insurance. You can stay anonymous throughout this process. Learn more at the MGH website or call MGH’s Living Donor Coordinator at 1-877-644-2860

“I have known my nephew, David, for almost 35 years. We have shared many lovely holidays and vacations together. I thoroughly enjoy his company. He is sensitive, compassionate, and interested in others. I would do whatever I could to give David the gift of a kidney, but unfortunately am too old! I hope you will consider doing for David what I cannot! Your gift will be returned a hundred-fold by this magnificent man!”

Kathleen Magee Shakespeare, David’s Aunt

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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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