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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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After scraping myself off the floor and making sure I wasn't dreaming, she confirmed that she had been fully evaluated by Mass General and was available for surgery on Tuesday July 1st. 

Nancy and I met over 30 years ago when we were students at UMass. We shared an office in the student center where I was the head of a group supporting a nuclear freeze and Nancy was part of an Oxfam hunger awareness group. We lost touch soon after graduating but then bumped into each other again about 7 years ago in downtown Boston. We went out for lunch and exchanged emails but then lost touch with each other again. She saw the mass email I sent around New Years and felt that she had a calling to be an organ donor - to me! 

Leslie and I had a lovely time getting to know Nancy and her husband, Mark, at lunch a few weeks ago. Mark and their daughter have given Nancy their thumbs up for the surgery.

Thank you all for your prayers and warm wishes and keep them coming for both of us on July 1.

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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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