Received - Deceased Donor
Douglas Cabarle is a US Navy Veteran who medically retired in 1996 due to kidney disease. He was a federal employee until 2001 when his kidney disease worsened and he forced to stop working.
He was blessed to receive a kidney transplant in 2011, but unfortunately after contracting the norovirus in 2022, his transplanted kidney failed.
Doug is an active volunteer and supports many Navy & Military organizations. He was former President of the Akron-Canton Navy League Council and the US Naval Sea Cadet program. Currently he is the Blue and Gold Officer (Admissions Advisor) for the US Naval Academy. His daughter, Diana is a 2016 Naval Academy Graduate.
While undergoing dialysis, Doug conferred his Doctorate in Healthcare Administration from the Virginia University of Lynchburg. His focus and research is on whether Veterans use their military training to comply with the regiments of organ failure. He knows he does!
Doug has been back on dialysis, an artificial kidney machine, since 2022. He is eligible for a second kidney transplant, however the wait for a kidney from a deceased donor is over 5 years long. He may not survive that wait.
Living kidney donation is safe for those who are medically cleared. The medical testing is covered by the transplant center and non-medical costs related to lost wages and travel can also be covered. Living donors go on to live a normal life with one kidney. Their donated kidney renews the life of the recipient.
Veterans like Douglas have dedicated their lives to serving their country and their communities. What better way to show our gratitude than to give back in their time of need?
Please contact the link below to learn more about kidney donation so we can give Doug the best chance to live a long life, free from dialysis.
You can also email: SharynKreitzer@dovetransplant.org or call: 551-449-8310. Thank you!
Dr. Douglas Cabarle