Young Marine Needs Kidney Transplant


Victoria Chadwick’s husband, U.S. Marine Sgt. Jake Chadwick, was deployed to Iraq in 2008. During Jake’s deployment, Victoria volunteered all her free time at Operation Gratitude, and became an instant and beloved member of the Operation Gratitude family.

Jake returned safely from Iraq and they both joined us at the armory for the 2009 Patriotic Drive. Jake and Victoria moved to Camp Pendleton and happily began their married life together. We were thrilled to learn they had a beautiful baby girl in October, 2010: Ella Marie Chadwick!

However, one week later, Jake was hospitalized with kidney failure and was immediately put on dialysis. There is no known cause and he must now be on dialysis 4 hours a day, three days per week to stay alive.

Jake, Victoria and Ella’s only hope to return to a normal life is for Jake to receive a kidney transplant, preferably from a living donor with Blood Type O.

Please watch the NBC LA News video interview with Jake and Victoria here: Iraq Veteran Needs a Transplant

Read Dennis McCarthy’s article in the LA Daily News here: Marine Who Served in Iraq Needs a Kidney

You can read more about Jake’s story written by his mother here: Jake Needs a Kidney

At the very least, please share this story with friends and family, and ask them to also share it with others so we can help this brave young Marine and his family. They have served our nation with honor. Let us show them our gratitude by helping them at this critical time in their lives.

About Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ care packages to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Each package is filled with food, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, as well as personal letters of support. Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the Military and First Responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for civilians anywhere in America to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation. Each package contains donated product valued between $45 and $100 and costs our organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 1.6 Million Care Packages.
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3 Responses to Young Marine Needs Kidney Transplant

  1. nick maricic says:

    I am willing to donate my kidney

  2. Pingback: UPDATE: Young Marine Needs Kidney Transplant | Operation Gratitude Blog

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