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UPDATE: Young Marine Needs Kidney Transplant

posted on Aug 02 2011 11 Comments

In March of this year, we posted here about a young man, USMC Sergeant Jake Chadwick. As you’ll recall, Jake needs a kidney transplant as both of his are inexplicably failing. From all of the coverage provided by KNBC in Los Angeles, KNSD in San Diego, and other news media that carried the story around the country, a donor had been found for Jake and we had great hopes for his recovery. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the initial donation will occur and the search for a kidney donor must begin anew.

Due to confidentiality policies, there is very little information the Center for Transplantation at the University of California at San Diego is able to provide as to the number of potential donors they may have for Jake, so we want to get the word out to as many people as possible — the more people who are tested, the better the chance a donor will be found.

Initial testing is easy from the donor perspective:

  • A simple blood test is all that is needed to start.
  • It takes about three weeks to receive test results.
  • To be considered a potential kidney donor for Sgt. Chadwick, you must be blood type O — it makes no difference whether positive or negative.

If you — or anyone you know — would like to be considered as a donor for Jake, please contact Alejandra Munoz directly at the UCSD Transplant Center: (619) 574-8612.

The Chadwick Family

Have questions? Try the Kidney Transplant Helpline — “Ask an Organ Transplantation Question, Get an Answer ASAP!”


  1. Suzanne Sigurdsson

    posted @ 11.18.2011

    I would like to donate my kidney. I am O blood group, a U.S Air Force veteran and healthy. Please contact me, I would consider it an honor.

    • Operation Gratitude

      posted @ 11.18.2011

      Thank you, Suzanne. Jake is doing well after his kidney transplant — but other people are in need of donors. Please contact the National Kidney Registry directly for more information: http://www.kidneyregistry.org/

  2. vishal

    posted @ 09.5.2011

    hi, i would like to donate my kidney, i m vishal from india so email me on my [email protected]..thanks

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  4. Teri

    posted @ 08.4.2011

    Good luck! I am a Marine wife and tried calling this morning and was put on a list because they have had an overwhelming response. I hope you find a match! Semper fi!

    • Operation Gratitude

      posted @ 08.4.2011

      Teri, thank you so very much for calling the Center for Transplantaion….and thank you for letting us know there is now a list of people who have come forward to be tested. Let’s all pray one of them will be a match for Jake!

  5. Mike Porreca

    posted @ 08.3.2011

    Hang in there, it will happen. I was in your position last year. One year after I retired from the Air Force my kidneys failed. I spent the previous ten years living with knowing that it would happen some day because I was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2010.

    When I could not find a living relative donor, my fellow Airman steped up and was tested and found to be a perfect match. Here I am now 8 months after the surgery and it’s like I was never sick!

    Hang in there and never give up hope!

    • Operation Gratitude

      posted @ 08.4.2011

      Thank you, Mike, for sharing your encouraging story! We are glad you are well now!

      Thank you, too, for your service to our country!

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  7. Denise M. Lawton

    posted @ 08.3.2011

    “With God All Things Are Possible” Mark 10:27. I pray that God will wrap his arms around you and your loved ones and that he will bless you with His Strength, His Wisdom and His Courage. May God’s peace be with you. Prayerfully yours, Denise

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