Beloiter helps Scouts despite wait for kidney

Den leader Ron Peterson says the Pledge of Allegiance with Cub Scout den 627 at Hackett Elementary School. This was the den’s first meeting of the year.
BELOIT — Kidney failure isn’t going to stop Ron Peterson, of Beloit, from his work with the Boy Scouts of America.

However, Peterson, 52, is not able to go out canoeing and kayaking as much as he would like since being diagnosed with polycystic kidney disorder five years ago, which caused his kidneys to shut down.

“It’s driving me crazy,” Peterson said.

He has been waiting on the transplant list since then, partially because of the length of the national transplant list and also because of his blood type.

Peterson said having O+ blood means, though he can donate to everyone, he can only receive blood from others who are O+ and 20 percent of people who have type A blood. He said this long of a wait is common, and he expects to wait one more year before receiving a kidney. He is registered at UW Health in Madison. Continue reading
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