Richard Stoldt is a Vietnam Veteran who enlisted in 1972 and was trained as a Telecommunications Specialist. After his service Richard became a software engineer and he is now retired and lives in NJ with his wife of 30 years and an adult son.
Richard has been treated for end-stage kidney disease and has been on dialysis for the past 2 years. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday he goes to a treatment center to be connected to a machine for 4 hours that removes toxins and excess fluids from his body. While grateful to have access to this treatment, it leaves him fatigued and often feeling depressed.
Richard's best chance of living longer and having a higher quality of life - is to find a living kidney donor. Without a living kidney donor, Richard may not survive the 5 year wait for a deceased donor.
Living kidney donation is safe for those who are medically cleared to donate. The medical evaluation for donors is covered by the transplant center. Any out of pocket costs related to the evaluation or surgery or recovery is covered by programs like DOVE. Please click the button below to learn more about kidney donation and ways to help Veterans like Richard. Thank you!