Rick Ferguson is a Veteran who served in the Army Reserves. He guarded Cuban refugees at Ft. Chaffee, AR in the summer heat wave of 1980 and was then assigned funeral detail.
Rick lives in California and with his wife Melodie (who grew up in a military family) and is a proud dad and grandfather.
In civilian life, Rick has devoted his career to public safety working for the California Highway Patrol.
Rick has known about his kidney disease for most of his life. He has a genetic condition called "Polycystic Kidney Disease" which has afflicted many members of his family including his mom and his sister. Rick has been reliant on a dialysis machine multiple times a week for over 4 hours each treatment in order to survive. Despite this treatment and the debilitating symptoms of fatigue, Rick has continued to work full time for the California Highway Patrol.
Rick's best chance to live a long life, free from dialysis is to find a living kidney donor. While many members of his family would have liked to donate, they are ineligible due to their family risk of developing kidney disease.
If you are interested in learning about kidney donation to help Rick and other Veterans who are waiting for a life saving transplant, please click the link below. All costs related to the medical evaluation are covered. Any out of pocket costs related to non medical expenses are also covered through organizations like DOVE. Thank you!