My name is Brady and I’m a donor recipient and my Dad Scott was the donor. When I was 2 ½ years old I was diagnosed with reflux nephropathy; a birth defect which caused urine to flow back to my kidneys. I underwent surgery to correct the reflux. It worked and I was able to live a healthy and active life throughout my childhood and into my young adult years. I was even able to serve an LDS mission to Holland. Soon after I returned home, I went to the bathroom and noticed something wasn’t right. I went to the doctor and he told me I was in kidney failure and needed a transplant…immediately.
My dad was a match and at age 21, I received one of his kidneys. My brother was a match too, but he wouldn’t let him do it. That’s him. He was and is SELFLESS. He will do anything for anyone. My dad saved my life.
My parents got divorced when I was away on my mission. My dad was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression. All those hard feeling that happen when people get divorced were healed in large part because of my kidney failure and then transplant. It brought our family closer together. It was one of the many miracles that have come my way.
Meanwhile, I met a girl named Meradee at SLCC. We had been on only 3 dates when I had my transplant. She really helped me keep my positivity and hope throughout the process. I married her 6 months later and we now have 3 boys. All my boys love their grandpa especially my youngest. Their bond is a sight to see. I volunteer my time with The National Kidney Foundation, and I love to share my story with others. I attend kidney camp every year where I get to connect with people going through the same things I did. My wife is currently a kidney and dialysis nurse and both of us agree that much of our life’s path has been influenced by my transplant 25 years ago.
Dad…thank you for who you are and what you did for me. You’re an awesome Grandpa! A great example for me and my sons. You’re an amazing example of love and how to treat others.
I love you Dad.