Transplant Athlete
Monday, March 19, 2007
  Volunteer Webmaster Needed

Over 95,000 people are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Two of the main contributors to kidney failure, Diabetes and Hypertension, are controllable, but patients need to know they are at risk and then act to mitigate the risk. Also, by getting more people to sign organ donor cards and getting their families to follow through with the decision and by encouraging "Living Non-Directed Donation", it is possible to eliminate the waiting list.

That's the mission behind The Transplant Athlete Website . My idea for the site is to facilitate a buddy system, pairing transplant recipients and dialysis patients with at-risk individuals. The site would be designed to encourage exercise among at-risk individuals, by pairing them with geographically appropriate recipients. The site would also be a resource for individuals attempting to eat to support a healthy lifestyle, by showing recommended meals (and sizes) as well as shopping lists and weekly menus. There would also be sections on recognizing symptoms, finding free screenings, and suggestions to improve compliance with taking medication. The focus of the site would be on increasing quality of life and not on dropping dress sizes or losing pounds.

The site you currently see was hand coded by me in HTML, but the next generation of the site should incorporate "Web 2.0" services (mainly online collaboration and social networking with a geographic focus). If there is anyone out there interested in lending a hand, please send me an email at Lou@transplantathlete.com. Thanks.


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I've gone through kidney failure twice. The first time in 2000, my mother donated a kidney; and again in 2008, I'm on dialysis waiting for a breakthrough in immuno-suppression medicines before seeking a new kidney.

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