William “Will” McDaniels is a 44-year-old Army Veteran who joined in 2000 before 9/11 with the hopes of retiring after 20 years of service to his country; however, one and half years in, he received a medical discharge and his life drastically changed.
Will was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that caused him to contract Type 1 diabetes. He was a 31 Romeo, Multi-channel Transmission Systems Operator/Maintainer, setting up whole communications for his fellow soldiers. After his discharge and return home, Will dedicated his time to working on his health. He worked for a while servicing industrial and commercial fire systems before his health made it hard for him to continue. After a rapid decline, Will was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2019 and started dialysis. He has been dependent on it for four years, which is taking its toll on him physically and mentally.
Will and his wife, Michelle, a Navy Veteran, have been married for 15 years and share two sons and a daughter. Michelle and their daughter have been through the donation process, but disappointingly, neither is compatible. Will misses being able to travel, going on road trips, hiking, and being active with his young adult children.
With a new kidney, Will would have many years ahead of him to be able to be there for his family and get back to living a full life. 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.