Sunday, August 7, 2016

The long wait YMCA director on list for a kidney donation

STAR BEACON | Warren Dillaway

ASHTABULA — For more than a year, Ashtabula County YMCA Director Trevor Sprague has spent at least three nights per week prepping for a kidney dialysis routine that keeps him healthy while waiting for a donor kidney.

The thirty-minute process concludes when he places a tube into a port and drifts off to sleep.

"You have to find that silver lining. I can find way more good than bad in my life," the 40-year-old administrator said.

The first steps of his challenging journey began in 2000 when he was diagnosed with IgA Nephropathy — a rare disease, also known as Burger's Disease— which causes kidneys to fail.

Sprague was told the disease was hereditary and many people diagnosed don't suffer kidney problems. He wasn't so lucky.

At the time, Sprague was told he would likely need a transplant in 20 years, he said.

"I went 12 years with no treatment, though I was going to school full time and working two jobs," he said.

In 2012, Sprague became executive director of the Ashtabula County YMCA. Continue reading
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