Ron Sabagala, following in his father's footsteps, joined the Army in 1983 and served over nine years as a tank mechanic, both tracked and wheeled. He has lived in many locations; he grew up in Hawaii and lived in Germany as a boy and found himself back in Germany during his time in the Army and then lived in Washington State where he met his wife, Yolanda, who also served in the Army. Ron and Yolanda have been married for 36 years, have a son and a daughter and one 3-year-old grandson.
Ron was discharged in 1992, while Yolanda continued to serve and he worked on base as a civilian doing various jobs. He is now working at Madigan Army Hospital in Washington in logistics in their warehouse.
He enjoys bowling, collecting baseball/football cards and Hot Wheel cars! With a new kidney, he plans to get back to exercising, traveling and spending time with his grandson.
Ron was diagnosed with kidney disease in September, 2020 and began peritoneal dialysis in April 2023. The fatigue and lifting restrictions are making it difficult to work 40 hours a week at his job. Ron's best chance to live a high quality and long life, free from the constraints of dialysis, is to undergo a transplant.
However, the wait for a kidney from a deceased donor is over 5 years long. He may not survive that wait.
A living kidney donor would save Ron's life. Kidneys from living donors last longer and enable recipients to bypass the years long wait. Kidney donation is safe for those who are medically cleared. The testing is covered by the transplant center. Ron has enlisted the help of DOVETransplant, a Veteran's organization that will ensure all prospective donors for Veterans like Ron have the logistical and emotional support they need throughout the process and long after donation. If you are interested in learning more about donation please complete the link below or call 551-449-8319. Thank you!