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Kandace Wilkerson, daughter; Robert (Kempf) Wilkerson and Kathy Wilkerson, wife.

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To the editor:

In the Middle Tennessee community and across the country, thousands of people are in need of a kidney transplant. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) waiting list continues to grow every year while the number of deceased donor organs has remained steady over the past decade. The shortage has prompted a nationwide effort to increase living kidney donation. Donating a kidney so that someone can live a life free from dialysis is one of the greatest gifts a person can give. This unselfish act gives the donor an opportunity to greatly improve the quality of life for a relative, loved one, a friend or even a stranger. 

My name is Kathy Wilkerson and this is near and dear to my heart. My husband, Robert (Kempf) Wilkerson has polycystic kidney disease and he is in Stage 5 kidney failure. He is in need of a kidney transplant. I am not able to donate my kidney. I was tested and did not meet the qualification to donate. I am asking you to be a miracle – to be a living kidney donor. 

My husband’s date of birth is 12-27-62. He has Blood Type AB Positive. If you are interested in helping my family and you want to donate a kidney, you can contact Vanderbilt Transplant at www.vanderbilttransplant.com. Click on kidney/pancreas transplant. Select Living Donor Referral Form or over the phone, call 615-936-0695 or 866-748-1491, option 2. Hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

I want to thank you! I hope you find it in your heart to save a life (my husband’s life.)

Kathy Wilkerson, Springfield

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