Vincent Newton grew up in Washington DC and volunteered to enlist in the US Navy in 1968, during the Vietnam conflict. He served there with a Sea Bees Mobile Construction Battalion south of Da Nang building campsites for our troops, repairing/building roads and bridges while under fire, and before his discharge in 1969, he helped rebuild Da Nang Air Base.
After Vince’s time in the Navy, he went to a community college and eventually received his degrees in English, Political Science and Business from the University of Maryland. He was employed for 13 years as a contract negotiator for the US Department of Energy and then transferred to the Denver office, where he and a co-worker started a fitness program for the Department’s employees. Vince, and a colleague, were instrumental in getting a wellness center approved and constructed for their employer, the Department of Energy. He decided to go back to school to get a BS in Adult Fitness and Exercise Science and a Master in Psychotherapy, then used his degree as a therapist in Community Mental Health organizations for 25 years, retiring in 2015.
A few years before his retirement, Vince found that he had a low GFR due to Polycystic Kidney Disease. He started dialysis in October 2023 and relies on it to sustain his life and battles with fatigue but keeps on going! He has four great female friends from across the country, known as Vince’s Kidney Posse, who have been helping him search for a living kidney donor! He has asked DOVE to help, too, because he misses his volunteer work with the homeless and would love to get back out there!
Vince 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.