I am one of the lucky ones. When my kidneys failed, my mother, Donna, saved my life by giving me one of hers. There are approximately 87,000 Americans today who aren’t so lucky; they wait, they hope, and they pray.
The first time I bicycled across the country it was to prove to myself that a transplant was an addition and not a subtraction. I knew that the next time I completed the journey it would be for those who could not; those people dependent on machines to keep them alive until they can receive a life saving organ transplant.
I compete to raise awareness for living donation. Someday soon, people will donate a kidney, a piece of their liver, or a piece of their lung as easily as they would donate blood today. A person only needs one kidney and after all, I can ride across the continent on a “borrowed” kidney. If you donate a part of your liver or bone marrow, it will grow back. A waiting list will seem cruel and medieval in retrospect.
I received a BE in Mechanical Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology in 1995 and an MBA in Marketing from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland in 2003. I am the Director of Marketing and co-founder of Optimum Fitness Results LLC, which creates and markets cycling videos. Previously, I was the President and co-founder of Tri-Mech Solutions Inc., a successful software solution provider in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
I have a beautiful wife, Adrienne and two wonderful children, Lorelai and Roland. We reside in Herndon, Virginia.
Transplant Date: 9/25/00
Height: 5’ 11”
Weight: 170 lbs
Serum Creatinine: 1.5 mg/dl
FK506: 4.5 to 7 ng/ml
Prograf ( Fujisawa) 6 mg bid
CellCept(Roche) 750 mg bid
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