Hope this finds everyone doing well. Things are busy here in DC. We’re ramping up for our annual LFA advocacy days on Capitol Hill. This event takes place in less than 3 weeks – March 10-11, 2008. If you’re interested in joining us, there is space still available. You can learn more here.
Less than 2 weeks old, the recently launched message boards are doing well so far. As of this morning, we have more than 250 registered users for them. If you’re interested in joining the boards, visit here.
And finally, I’d like to do another lupus blog spotlight. This one is called Cameron’s Blog. Cameron Bonner is located in California. And his older brother Austin has done a pretty amazing thing; he donated a kidney to Cameron.
Cameron was diagnosed with an acute type of lupus about 13 years ago. His first kidney transplant occurred in July 2000. Prior to that transplant, three Bonner siblings -- there are 15 Bonner children in total -- were tested to see if any of them matched as a possible kidney donor for Cameron. Only Austin Bonner and another older brother, Marty, tested as 100 percent matches.
At the time, Austin was stationed in Hawaii. Marty, who lived in Washington, was closer so the decision was made that he would donate his kidney. Unfortunately, lupus flare-ups in 2005 attacked Cameron’s donated kidney and he experienced a second kidney failure.
Austin knew he was going to be the donor this time. The surgeries were set for October 2006, but the month before, Cameron developed a bacterial infection that caused a stroke. Doctors put the operations on hold until Cameron received a clean bill of health.
They got the "green light" late in 2007, and on January 15, 2008, Austin and Cameron Bonner had the kidney transplant surgery.
You can read about their amazing journey on Cameron’s Blog.
Until next time, Wick