Ralph Beach is 66 years old, married to Velina, has two sons and two grandchildren. After a lifetime of hard work, Ralph should be enjoying his family and retirement. Instead, Ralph endures dialysis 7 days a week. He has been on some form of dialysis for more than 3 years*.
Ralph suffers from Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) and will succumb to this disease if he does not have a kidney transplant. Ralph is unable to obtain a kidney from either of his sons as they both have inherited his genetic disorder. One grandson also has PKD.
Ralph worked at US Bank for more than 20 years. Prior to moving to the Cincinnati area, Ralph worked at Western Pennsylvania Banks. His entire working career was spent helping people achieve their financial goals.
Ralph is a life long motorcycle enthusiast and is long time member of the Harley Owners Group. During his life, Ralph enjoyed many rides with friends and family. Today Ralph is limited to very short trips, if any at all.
Ralph dreamed, as many of us do, of travel, family events, and doing those things we put off to retirement. However, today Ralph is tied to his daily dialysis treatment limiting his ability to do the very things he worked toward for more than 33 years.
Ralph is seeking a Living Kidney Donor. A living donor will provide an average of 18 years to Ralph’s life. The best transplant outcome for Ralph is an improved long-term outcome which will come from a living donor. Ralph is also on several lists for deceased donors in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Ralph has no other known medical issues other than kidney failure. Ralph is a great candidate for a successful kidney transplant.
*The 5-year survival rate for Kidney Dialysis probability is 31.9% survive 5 years of dialysis in the USA 1996-2001 (United Network for Organ Sharing, 2003); another study states the 5-year survival rate for dialysis patients is 35.8 percent.
Kidney Disease Statistics for the United States - Stanford Report, September 28, 2005 - John Scandling