Live kidney donors are in high demand in Washington state

Shelby Whitson recieves dialysis at Fresenious Dialysis in Spokane Valley on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Shelby Whitson needs a kidney. But so do more than 1,600 other people in Washington, and there’s never enough to go around. 

Whitson was diagnosed with hereditary kidney disease at 15. Now at 32 she jokes that her family has some kind of record of kidney disease treatment at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center: her grandfather died from kidney disease and her mother, an aunt and an uncle all have it. 

“It’s on my mom’s side of the family,” Whitson said. “There was a 50-50 chance that I’d get it, but it usually doesn’t come out until later in life.”

The first sign that something was wrong were debilitating migraines. Whitson went to see a doctor who discovered her blood pressure was very high. 

“It was 200 over something. It was at stroke level,” Whitson said. 

More tests revealed what she and her family feared – there was something wrong with her kidneys. Continue reading

You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Organ Donor | Donate Life America

To ensure your gift of life is honored, please share your decision with your family. At risk is the legacy you wish to leave