Panama City, FL –
WEWAHITCHKA, Fla. (WMBB) – A man from Wewahitchka has end-stage kidney disease. Now his wife is on a mission to find him a new kidney, and she will stop at nothing until they get it. Jason Richter was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease four years ago. But he says the last two years have been the toughest.
“His kidneys are so big, the regular kidneys are the size of your fist, they’re full of cysts, they rupture and cause debilitating pain,” said Suzanne Richter, Jason’s wife.
The disease is rampant in Richter’s family, but he says it’s something no one can fully understand until they’ve experienced it themselves.
“Things that were easy before are difficult, and things that were easy are just not possible now. So I just wait for the time, I wait, ”said Jason Richter.
Richter is currently on a transplant list by the Mayo Clinic. But finding a perfect match is a challenge.
“It will take eight years for her to receive a cadaver kidney,” said Suzanne Richter.
That’s why she is determined to find this match on her own, from a living donor. Humans have two kidneys, but only need one to survive. Her husband needs a Type O kidney. If someone is a match, Richter’s insurance will pay for the entire procedure at no cost to the donor.
“I have to do whatever we can, we can’t stop at ‘no’,” said Suzanne Richter.
Taking advantage of technology, Suzanne works hard to get the word out.
“Facebook has been a huge platform, Instagram, we have the t-shirts, I made pins, I have garden signs, I have a big digital sign outside the Piggly Wiggly in Port St. Joe blinking, ”said Suzanne Richter.
They even placed QR codes all over Wewahitchka and Port St. Joe. When potential donors scan them, they’re taken to the Mayo Clinic website where they learn everything they need to know to become a donor and be on the transplant list.
The couple will be heading to New Orleans, Pensacola, Tampa and Birmingham in the coming months to hopefully make more transplant lists. It takes a lot of time, missed work days, and money. If you would like to donate to help the couple’s efforts, you can donate to their GoFundMe.
To become a kidney donor and check if you are a partner for Jason, visit the following link and use Jason Richter (DDN: 05-11-1973) as the intended recipient.
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