Tuesday, May 24, 2016

South Elgin Fire trustee seeks kidney donor

South Elgin Fire trustee seeks kidney donor; Jeff Speyers. (Jeff Speyers / HANDOUT)
CHICAGO TRIBUNE | Janelle Walker

Jeff and Vicki Speyers aren't used to asking for help. They help others in their community when they can, but telling others about their own problems isn't something the South Elgin couple likes to do.

For Jeff, however, it has become time to ask the community for help. After having suffered from heredity kidney disease — the same disease that killed his grandfather, father and brother — he needs to find a kidney donor.

Jeff has polycystic kidney disease. The condition, which he was diagnosed with 14 years ago, often leads to brain aneurysms — the event that also killed male family members.

The disease keeps the kidneys from functioning properly. Continue reading

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