Matt Hall needs a kidney.
His chronic kidney disease has scarred his kidneys and they are no longer filtering his blood properly.
The Wilmington resident and his wife, Christine, want to do all they can to raise awareness for the Living Donor Kidney program, so they are hosting an event, aptly named, “Matt Hall Needs A Kidney.” Tuesday, April 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Kelly’s Logan House in Trolley Square.
The outdoor event, which will follow COVID-19 precautions, will feature local musicians donating their time to the cause.
Matt will speak between acts about the living donor process and answer any questions people have. Information about the Living Donor Kidney Transplant program will also be available.
“There are 100,000 people currently on the Deceased Donor List waiting for a kidney transplant,” said Matt Hall.Error, group does not exist! Check your syntax! (ID: 11)
“We have gone public looking for living donor candidates since that is the optimal option — better recovery and the donated kidney lasts longer,” Christine said. “As we have worked through this, we have learned that there are lots of other families like ours who don’t have the support or resources to find themselves a donor, but also a lot of amazing people willing to donate to a stranger.”
Matthew Hall’s kidney failure began 20 years ago, and his status worsened shortly after the birth of their second, Oliver, who is now 13 weeks old. The Halls also have son Dominic, 8.
The standard treatment Matt had relied on for years is no longer enough to keep his kidneys functioning and he is now in need of a kidney transplant.
The Halls have been working with the National Kidney Foundation and the Christiana Care Kidney Transplant team to increase education within our community.Error, group does not exist! Check your syntax! (ID: 11)
“We want to raise awareness about the option of non-directed living donation so that fewer patients have to wait on the deceased list – a wait that could be 5-10 years,” said Christine Hall.
“He can stay alive on dialysis but transplant is a much more sustainable solution. We want to avoid dialysis if at all possible so time is not on our side – the quicker we find a donor the better,” she said.
The family is hopeful that a match will be found soon.
For more information on being a donor, go to www.Christianacare.com/
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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