UPDATE: Young Marine Needs Kidney Transplant

(NOTE: Jake received a donated kindney — please see: BREAKING UPDATE for all the details.) 

In March of this year, we posted here about a young man, USMC Sergeant Jake Chadwick. As you’ll recall, Jake needs a kidney transplant as both of his are inexplicably failing. From all of the coverage provided by KNBC in Los Angeles, KNSD in San Diego, and other news media that carried the story around the country, a donor had been found for Jake and we had great hopes for his recovery. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the initial donation will occur and the search for a kidney donor must begin anew.

Due to confidentiality policies, there is very little information the Center for Transplantation at the University of California at San Diego is able to provide as to the number of potential donors they may have for Jake, so we want to get the word out to as many people as possible – the more people who are tested, the better the chance a donor will be found.

Initial testing is easy from the donor perspective:

  • A simple blood test is all that is needed to start.
  • It takes about three weeks to receive test results.
  • To be considered a potential kidney donor for Sgt. Chadwick, you must be blood type O — it makes no difference whether positive or negative.

If you – or anyone you know – would like to be considered as a donor for Jake, please contact Alejandra Munoz directly at the UCSD Transplant Center: (619) 574-8612.

The Chadwick Family

Have questions? Try the Kidney Transplant Helpline – “Ask an Organ Transplantation Question, Get an Answer ASAP!”

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12 Responses to UPDATE: Young Marine Needs Kidney Transplant

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  2. Suzanne Sigurdsson says:

    I would like to donate my kidney. I am O blood group, a U.S Air Force veteran and healthy. Please contact me, I would consider it an honor.

  3. vishal says:

    hi, i would like to donate my kidney, i m vishal from india so email me on my id-vishal_khagram@yahoo.com..thanks

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  5. Teri says:

    Good luck! I am a Marine wife and tried calling this morning and was put on a list because they have had an overwhelming response. I hope you find a match! Semper fi!

    • Teri, thank you so very much for calling the Center for Transplantaion….and thank you for letting us know there is now a list of people who have come forward to be tested. Let’s all pray one of them will be a match for Jake!

  6. Mike Porreca says:

    Hang in there, it will happen. I was in your position last year. One year after I retired from the Air Force my kidneys failed. I spent the previous ten years living with knowing that it would happen some day because I was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2010.

    When I could not find a living relative donor, my fellow Airman steped up and was tested and found to be a perfect match. Here I am now 8 months after the surgery and it’s like I was never sick!

    Hang in there and never give up hope!

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  8. Denise M. Lawton says:

    “With God All Things Are Possible” Mark 10:27. I pray that God will wrap his arms around you and your loved ones and that he will bless you with His Strength, His Wisdom and His Courage. May God’s peace be with you. Prayerfully yours, Denise

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