After graduating in 1989, Ronald Pierce enlisted in the US Army and served all four years out of the country as an Infantry Field Cook. He was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany from 1991-1993 and was deployed during Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Saudia Arabia. Ronald served in the 32nd Infantry Single Unit.
Ronald was medically discharged in 1993 after being injured when a mobile kitchen tent fell on his ankle and caused a nerve entrapment injury that left him paralyzed for 6-7 months. He was in rehabilitation at Duke University, NC until he was able to get back on his feet. Ronald was able to return to civilian life working in the food industry and worked at Womack Hospital at Fort Bragg; returned to Frankfurt, Germany as a supervisor and dining facility manager; went to Iraq on a military contract as a logistics coordinator in the Red Zone areas for four years; worked at the Dept. of Agriculture as a Consumer Safety Officer in the New York/Philadelphia area and then to Texas/Oklahoma area. He was medically retired in 2019 due to his kidney disease and his need to start dialysis.
Ronald and his wife, Wanda, have six children and nine grandchildren. He has lost many family members recently from various health issues. Many living members are unable to donate because of health concerns. Wanda wished to donate but is Ronald’s caregiver. He is a lover of BBQing, which comes from his years of cooking outdoors! He enjoys anything outdoors which includes hunting and fishing.
With a new kidney, Ronald desires to spend more time traveling, enjoying time with his family, and attending their sporting events! He 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.