Henry Sandifer served as a Combat Medic and Radio Operator for eight years in the Army Reserves and on his one-year active-duty tour in Iraq in 2007. He was heading back for his second tour before finding out he was not medically fit for duty due to his diabetes. He finished his military career with seven years of National Guard duty as a light-wheeled vehicle mechanic.
Henry’s civilian career was in security working as Director of Security for a school district and then as a Security Analyst for Holy Spirit Hospital. After he was medically barred from active duty, he worked in loss prevention for JCPenney, TJ Maxx, and the Caddo Parish School District. Unfortunately, he was medically retired in 2019 due to health reasons related to his kidney failure.
Henry battled diabetes and hypertension, which led to the decline of his kidney function. In 2019, blood testing showed his creatinine levels to be remarkably high and 3 months later was in late-stage 5 kidney failure. He has been reliant on dialysis since 2020, struggles with chronic fatigue, and is also having some vision and digestive issues.
Henry and his wife Kimberly have been married for 25 years and have five children and six grandchildren. Henry loves playing video games, customizing vintage vehicles (has a 2002 Corvette and gave a 1976 Corvette to a friend because he had to focus on simply living daily) and he especially enjoys spending time with his grandkids! Henry is the primary caregiver of the family’s furry friends – two dogs and a cat: they keep him on his toes while his wife travels with work!
Henry and Kimberly started a talent agency in 2016, which needed to be put on hold due to Henry’s health, but with the gift of a new kidney and new life, their dream to resurrect the family business could come true! Kimberly was unable to make it through the donation process because she was not a match, and his family members are unable to donate due to medical conditions that run in their family. Please let us know if you are interested in helping Henry get his life back and his dream going again
Henry has enlisted the help of a Veteran's organization called DOVE Transplant which is helping in his outreach to find his life-saving kidney donor. DOVE will assist all prospective donors throughout the process and make sure they do not incur any out-of-pocket expenses related to the evaluation or surgery.
A healthy person can live a normal life with one kidney and save this Veteran's life! Please click on the link below if you would like to learn more OR call 551-449-8319.
Army Reserves/National Guard