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Honoring and Supporting 

Pat Stojevich

Kidney Disease WARRIOR

Pat NEEDS a donor .. could you be a donor??




each of a pair of organs in the abdominal cavity of mammals, birds, and reptiles, excreting urine

What are kidneys?

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs in the renal system. They help the body pass waste as urine. They also help filter blood before sending it back to the heart.

When your kidneys aren't working properly, it can cause you to feel tired, weak and can make it hard to concentrate. Another complication of kidney disease is anemia, which can cause weakness and fatigue. 

When the kidneys aren't filtering properly, toxins stay in the blood rather than leaving the body through the urine.

The kidneys perform many crucial functions, including:

  • maintaining overall fluid balance
  • regulating and filtering minerals from blood
  • filtering waste materials from food, medications, and toxic substances
  • creating hormones that help produce red blood cells, promote bone health, and regulate blood pressure

In short - because kidneys have several important functions in the body, it's wise to keep them healthy. Sometimes problems arise due to genetics or other health related issues. Support is available:

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In November 2018, Pat's team of doctors @ Essentia Health, Duluth and Mayo Clinic, Rochester

instructed him to find a donor. As of late April of 2019, his function is at just 6%.

Paired Kidney Donation program @ Mayo Clinic

Doctors and surgeons in the Mayo Clinic Transplant Center conduct paired kidney donations for selected people who need kidney transplants. The transplant programs at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota maintain shared lists among the three locations to identify donors who may be compatible with other recipients for a kidney transplant. If a compatible donor is found for a recipient at a different location, doctors can perform a paired donation.

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Related and Informative News on the PAIRED KIDNEY DONATION PROGRAM @ MAYO CLINIC

Mayo Clinic's paired kidney donation program recognized for innovation

Mayo Clinic's paired kidney donation program was recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota for its success in connecting patients in need of a kidney transplant with living donors.

The program was one of 11 "Trailblazers" across the state to be honored by Blue Cross for its innovation and creativity in health care. The series will feature stories on other cutting-edge ideas through September.

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the GURU says

Whatever it takes.

- Pat Stojevich, aka the grub GURU

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