The goal of this page is to raise awareness of Brian’s urgent need of a kidney donor & to link this page with our fundraising page

Brian’s BLOOD TYPE = 0 negative
CLICK HERE to DONATE to “4 Team McArdle Fundraiser” –> Brian’s Story: In 1992 at the age of 19 Brian was diagnosed with IgA Nephropathy,also known as Berger’s Disease. IgA is a kidney disorder that occurs when IgA-a protein that helps the body fight infections-settles in the kidneys. Through out ti…me the IgA deposits may cause the kidneys to leak blood and sometimes protein in the urine. About 25% of adults with IgA Nephropathy develop total kidney failure. Brian married Marcie in 1997 and the had their 1st child, Joseph in 1998. Late in 1998 Brian’s symptoms began to increase & he was in need of a transplant. In Feb of 1999 he received his kidney from his mother and they both recovered well. He was very fortunate to get his kidney so quickly he did not have to under go dialysis. Brian did great and had no problems. In the next few years they had 2 more children Josie & Jenna. During that time his sister Monica was also diagnosed with IgA as well and went through 2 transplants one from a great family friend and the last one from their dad. She and both the donors are still doing great!! The last few years Brian has had some medical issues but as far as we know not related to IgA. Late in 2011 & early 2012 his problems became more serious so his Dr decided he needed to see the Dr’s at UAB. After a few days,many tests and a kidney biopsy they decided the only option for him was another transplant. His biopsy showed signs of rejection, IgA re-occurring and a toxicity to Cyclosporine(one of his immuno suppressant meds). In March of 2012 he was put on the waiting list at UAB. (Since the family was all out of kidneys) 🙂 Brian was able to go back to work until March 2012. He began Short Term Disability,as he was having some other medical issues and had a few stays in the hospital.By the end of the summer he had 2 out patient procedures,one in which was putting a Peritoneal catheter into his stomach. This allowed him to do Peritoneal Dialysis at home and try to keep things as normal as possible for his children. Brian & Marcie went through a few weeks of training for this and things began to get a little better! He dialysised every night for 8-10 hours and had one exchange during the day. He then went to Long Term Disability in September. Just as he got past his 6 months of PD at home he developed a tunnel infection. Brian is now on nocturnal hemodialysis which entails M,W & F nights from 8 pm to 4 am at a local clinic. Although Brian and Marcie realize there are people out there who have it a lot worse its just not easy to deal with on a daily basis but they are very fortunate to have a great support system of family & friends. The hopes of this fundraiser was created to not only benefit the McArdles, but to raise awareness of kidney disease. ***Your efforts will directly benefit Brian, Marcie & their 3 young children*** If you would like to be a living donor please call: UAB 1-888-822-7892 Emory in Atlanta 1-866-727-3250 ***** They will answer any questions you might have

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