One of Our Trinity Brothers Needs Help

One of our brothers needs help

Trinity Class of 1982 alumnus Paul Fink is battling end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and is in need of a donor kidney. He is the Design Coordinator for Regional Utilities (Florida Community Services Corp. of Walton County) in Panama City Beach, Florida. Paul and his wife, Carolyn, moved to Florida two years ago.

Paul is undergoing daily dialysis treatment. There is no cure for ESRD. Continued daily dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant are the only remaining treatments.

Dialysis is traumatic to one’s nervous system and body overall. A kidney transplant gives the patient many years of a good life versus dialysis. A kidney from a living donor is best.

A prospective kidney donor does not have to be biologically related to the patient, just biologically compatible. Anyone can be tested to confirm if their kidney would be a good match for a person in need of a donor kidney. Male or female, adolescent or adult – anyone can be a prospective donor. If you are not a match for Paul, you could be a match for another person searching for a donor kidney.

Paul is coordinating his effort to find a donor kidney through University of Louisville Health-Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Center.

What follows is Paul’s outreach to the Trinity Family.

Hello, fellow Rocks.

For so many of us, 2020 was not a good year. At the end of 2019, I was diagnosed with ESRD (End-stage Renal Disease) and spent most of 2020 trying to manage it. I started as a patient with the University of Louisville’s transplant team in hope that something could be done quickly.

I have learned that is just not the case. The demand for organ donations in general is overwhelming. I never knew how prevalent kidney disease was.

Last fall, I got very sick. My doctors determined that I needed immediate dialysis, and so it began. Luckily, I have transitioned to PD (Peritoneal Dialysis), which pumps fluid into and out of my abdomen three or four times each night. This is basically keeping me alive, but it cannot last forever.

Additionally, the restrictions it places on life makes everything more difficult. However, I am blessed that I have this treatment available to me and that it has allowed me to continue my regular work schedule and stay relatively healthy, for now.

I contacted Trinity to ask for help. I spoke with Trinity Director of Alumni Relations Travis Wagoner ’90 and learned that I am not alone when it has come to alumni needing a donor kidney. I was informed that fellow Trinity alum Mike Saylor ’83 and his wife, LeighAnn, are the founders of Mulligans Living Kidney Donors. LeighAnn and Mike founded their organization eight years ago after he had a successful kidney transplant. He received that selfless gift of life from Tim Clark, one of his Trinity classmates and football teammates.

I am not surprised, as Trinity alumni have always been exceptional people. I am hopeful that they will be able to help find me a match so I can look forward to many more years with my wonderful wife, family and friends.

Here is where I ask my Trinity brother alumni if you would please consider the gift of kidney donation. It is just that – a gift. A gift of life I would never be able to repay. It bothers me to even ask, but I can no longer afford to be shy about it.

If God tells you in your heart that it is something you’d be willing to do, I would be forever grateful.

Thanks for hearing me out. Blessings to you all. GO ROCKS!

To inquire if you are a possible match to donate a kidney to Paul, contact Shawna Alexander, Living Donor Coordinator at the University of Louisville Health-Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Center, at 502-587-4990.

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