Friday, April 8, 2011

First Meeting With National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho

At the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho office after our meeting with Richard Taylor.
Jake got in contact with Richard Taylor with the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho and set up a meeting to talk about our ideas for Swimming for Kidneys yesterday.

Richard is a very nice guy and was helpful and straightforward with us.  We told him about our idea to each swim 5K at 24 of Utah's State Parks to raise money for his organization.  He was excited about the idea and we brainstormed and talked about how we could help each other.

At the end of the meeting, Jake and I were pretty much set on donating any money that we raise to Youth Transplant Kamp (YTK), a week long camp for kids ages 8 to 17 who have had heart, lung, liver or kidney transplants.  The goal of Youth Transplant Kamp is to:

"...help young transplant recipients gain greater independence, confidence, and self-esteem through their participation in outdoor adventures and experiences such as horseback riding, hiking, swimming and ropes course."

We are hoping to possibly visit the camp this summer and hopefully meet some of the kids and let them know about our idea.

We also talked about the idea of making t-shirts and wristbands that we would be able to sell through our website or at our swims to help increase donations.

I left the meeting even more excited about the project than when we went in.

We would love to hear any ideas or suggestions that you have about how we can make this a successful fundraiser.

Monday, April 4, 2011

'The Fall'

This is a poem I wrote a couple days before the regional swim meet when I was a Jr. on the high school swim team.  A few weeks after regionals I reluctantly quit the team.

20% is all I gave,
It's all I had stored up and saved.
I've tried my hardest,
And that's a fact.
It's all I could give,
Nothing held back.
My kidneys failed,
They've gone off track,
Like a one-way train
Never coming back...
I was invincible,
Until today.
My unconquerable world
Was conquered today.
Time has flown,
And life has caught up
To the untouchable that has now been touched.
With every win,
There is a loss.
The bell has sounded
But who will win?
The score is 0
But he is 10.
Plus 3 plus 4 is the final score.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

A Young Boy

A small young boy of 3 years old was found one day in the bathroom screaming in bitter agony, and soon after was led to a urologist to figure out the problem.  The diagnoses was chronic renal failure.  More specifically Prune Belly Syndrome, a rare disease attacking the kidneys and whole urinary tract.  It is not genetically passed and affects about 1 in 40,000; by an approximate world population of 6.5 billion that would leave roughly 163,000 patients (mostly male) with this diagnoses.  23 years of countless catheters, pills, doctors checkups, overnight hospital stays, and a couple of near transplants have since passed.  Thanks to caring doctors, modern medicine, and above all my personal faith combined with my families I am fighting strong and doing well.  For the past few years I have wanted to think of something I could do for fellow patients struggling through this ailment.  My brother Josh and I figured out a way to combine this goal with our mutual love of swimming and have begun turning the wheels of our journey and look forward to working with everyone to raise money.

Monday, March 28, 2011

24 State Parks and 70+ Miles...At Least That's The Plan

We are excited to finally announce publicly our plans for the summer of 2012!  My brother Jake and I have been planning a swimming fundraiser that we are calling "Swimming for Kidneys".  We are planning to swim about 5K at each Utah State Park (that allows swimming) in an effort to raise money for the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho.  This is equal to a total distance of over 70 miles each at 24 different parks.

Although we have many ideas and have started planning, we still have a lot of work to do.  Please check back for more information as the project develops.  If you are interested in getting involved with this project as a swimmer, volunteer, donor or sponsor, please leave a comment below or contact Josh Green or Jake Green.

Until the next update, please take a minute to visit the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho as well as the Utah State Parks.