Apr 04, 2016 12:11PM
● By Elena Hutslar
Jeremy Bedig in his custom made Zoombang shirt allowing him to play soccer and stay healthy.
College Park alum Jeremy Bedig, 22, was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis or FSGS) when he was 15. Despite every treatment possible, his kidneys failed nine months after diagnosis. After six months of daily dialysis, he received a deceased donor kidney in 2009. His body began to reject that kidney a little over one year ago and he is back on daily dialysis while waiting for a new kidney. Because Jeremy is now an adult, the wait is between 3-7 years.
Living donor organ transplants are much more successful and last much longer than deceased donor organs. Despite Jeremy's set backs, he is an active, healthy, productive person who coaches youth soccer (recently coached College Park and Northgate varsity teams), plays soccer, is an active church member and attends college. While he is blessed to have a life saving treatment like dialysis as a treatment option, it is a short-term solution and has many drawbacks. Being hooked up to a machine for 8 hours every night is no way to live. Jeremy suffers from "drain pain" nightly, making it impossible to sleep through the night. His fluid intake must be limited and he has to make constant adjustments to diet and medications to stay healthy. The threat of infection is ever-present and could result in the loss of his dialysis catheter and inability to perform dialysis.
With the help of a living donor, these treatments would end so Jeremy could live a normal life. The odds of finding a successful match are low, so ten potential donors must be evaluated at any given time. It starts with a simple, confidential online questionnaire available at www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/transplant/bealivingdonor/get_started.html.
All you need is Jeremy's name (Jeremy Bedig) and birth date (5/30/93).
Please consider attending the event on April 24 (see ad) to raise money for the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) in Honor of Jeremy: http://cota.donorpages.com/MiracleMakers/TeamJeremyB.
For more information about Jeremy visit Kidney4Jeremy on Facebook.