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West Seneca man in stage 4 renal failure – in need of live saving kidney transplant

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An impassioned plea from a loving wife. This is just heartbreaking. Debbie Buttino Dalessandro wrote a message on Facebook – probably the most important message of her life. She is desperately searching for a kidney donor for her beloved husband.


Here’s the post:

“Pictured below is my husband of 20 years, Mike Dalessandro. He was born with a genetic kidney disorder called Polycystic Kidney Disease. Numerous cysts have grown throughout his kidneys over the years, causing his kidney function to deteriorate. Mike is now in stage 4 renal failure and is in need of a transplant. Doctors recommend a living donor for the best long-term outcome, which would be essential for Mike, since he is only 45 years old. A deceased donor kidney could take 5 years to become available to him, which is too late.
I am appealing to you with great humility and hope that a donor can be found, but I realize this is a big ask. The donor would need to have type O blood, be in relatively good health, and available for a five-week recovery period. There is no cost to the donor, other than some initial discomfort, and the time spent giving someone a second chance at life!
We live in West Seneca NY, with our three teenage children. Mike teaches Physics in Williamsville and is a Deacon at Queen of Heaven Parish. He is a regular volunteer at the Little Portion Friary homeless shelter in Buffalo.
If you are considering becoming a donor, please contact the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, at 585-275-7753 to find out if you might be a viable candidate. You will need the following information: Michael Dalessandro, DOB June 24, 1975.
You can find out more information about the living transplant donor process at https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/transplant/live-donor.aspx.
If you can’t help by becoming a donor, please consider sharing this post! Our abundant thanks, Debbie and Mike”

For more information – CLICK HERE. 

We’ve done this before and have helped to find a match – let’s do it again!! Please share with your friends and family.

We are sending our best wishes to Mike and Debbie and hope for a Christmas miracle for them!



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Mary Friona

Following my heart with my husband and four daughters. An Emmy Award winning journalist lucky enough to work in television & radio for 20 years - seeing wonderful places, meeting great people and telling their stories.

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