Marine volunteers as living organ donor, changes colleague’s life

Sgt. Bryan Weber, left, and former Marine Dave Ford, right, take in the sunset in the backyard of a colleague’s house in Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 22. Weber, out of a desire to help a fellow Marine, donated his kidney to Ford, who was on dialysis for more than three years while waiting for a possible donor match. Both work for Blount Island Command in Jacksonville.
After enduring three and a half painful years on a kidney transplant waitlist, former Marine and long-time employee at Blount Island Command, Dave Ford, 53, had nearly given up searching for donors on his own. He had reached out via social media, requested magazine ads, and even looked into advertising on a local billboard. No one returned his calls. While his case was familiar to his coworkers, Ford had never taken the delicate step of soliciting them. But one day, a fellow Marine stepped in to help.

“I found out in late August (2017) that Dave needed a kidney,” said Sgt. Bryan Weber, 27, fiscal chief, Blount Island Command. “My first thought was, I am blood type O-negative and basically I can donate to almost anyone. So, I went and did the test at Mayo Clinic and they called me around October and let me know I was a match with Mr. Ford and that is when I decided to let him know.” Continue reading

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