Lynn needs a Kidney

wife | mother | teacher 

It is an extraordinary act of kindness to consider offering the gift of kidney donation. During this holiday season, I am asking for your kindness on behalf of my wife Lynn.

Lynn is a loving mother, a teacher and would do anything to help others.  I am asking for your support on behalf of Lynn. Help us get the word out. Lynn needs a kidney transplant in order to continue on the journey that she has not finished yet, making a difference in the lives of others.

Lynn Nelson's School Team; Fundraising Kidney Walk

Lynn Nelson's School Team; Fundraising Kidney Walk

What's going on inside

There are many illnesses considered to be invisible. You cannot see what’s going on inside someone’s body just by looking at them. My wife is in End Stage Renal Failure. Lynn’s kidneys are failing. For those of you who know Lynn, she does not look or act like she is ill. Being ill does not stop her from doing what she loves doing most.  She works full-time with students, is a teacher leader and the many of civic groups. However, no longer are her kidneys able to sift out waste products and extra water that normally are removed through urine. Diseased kidneys are unable to help control blood pressure, keep bones healthy, and help make red blood cells.

 

One of the treatment options for kidney disease is dialysis. During dialysis, the blood is filtered through a machine three times a week for several hours at a time. Dialysis has complications and requires a strict diet and limiting schedule. Dialysis patients often feel very poorly after treatment and have one good day between. This means that during a large percentage of the time, they feel weak, making it difficult to do the everyday things we take for granted. It is Lynn’s goal to avoid dialysis. She is working hard to keep herself as healthy as she possibly can. Her wish is to locate a donor before dialysis is needed.

The donor evaluation begins with the completion of a health questionnaire. Donors undergo medical and psychosocial evaluations to ensure the safety of the donor. There is no obligation to learn more about donation. To learn more about becoming a living kidney donor or to start the donor process at the University of Minnesota go to this website. https://www.mhealth.org/care/treatments/kidney-transplant-adult

If you wish to complete the donor health evaluation, go to click on the blue button that says “Interested in being a liver or kidney donor?”. You may also contact the Transplant Center by calling, 612‑625‑7010 or 800‑328‑5465.

Patient: Lynn Nelson 05/26/62  Looking for type A or O


SkillsUSA Service Project

Lynn's strong school support

Lynn's strong school support

Community Service Project

The school Lynn works at hosted a project, they selected the National Kidney Foundation as their Community Service Project and conducted a huge walk to get the word out for Lynn!

Lynn Nelson with Kidney Mascot 

Lynn Nelson with Kidney Mascot 

Kidney Walk

Students planned and worked very hard on fundraising.  Their goal was $500, they ended up collecting $6,019.00!!!


NEWS RELEASE

For SkillsUSA Service Project

For Immediate Release: Oct. 16, 2017

Chapter Advisor: Lynn Nelson

Mounds View High School - MVHS

MVHS SkillsUSA members selected the National Kidney Foundation as their Community Service Project for the SkillsUSA State Championships. Chapter members chose this organization to support their advisor/teacher Mrs. Lynn Nelson who is waiting for a kidney transplant. Chapter members chose to form a team for the 2017 Twin Cities Kidney Walk to walk alongside Lynn’s Kidney Team which is comprised of her family.  The teams combined to make themselves, “SkillsUSA Mounds View High School Lynn’s Kidney Team. Students tie-dyed orange T-shirts for all team walkers to show their team spirit and support. An Orange Day was also dedicated for students and staff to wear orange to show support for Mrs. Nelson.

Students planned and implemented several fundraising activities to raise money. Those activities included: selling pretzel rods, orange beads and having a Class Cash Challenge. Students also posted signs of how to make donations on their Kidney Walk page. The goal was to raise $500. The total raised for SkillsUSA Lynn’s Kidney Team was $6,019.00 making them a top fundraising team. Students educated staff and students about Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) by placing orange Kidney Fact signs around the school.

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations in high school as well as college/technical schools.

SkillsUSA has more than 350,000 members annually, organized into 13, 00 chapters, 54 states and territorial associations (including District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands).

SkillsUSA prepares America’s high performance workers. It provides quality education experience for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communication skills.

It emphasizes total quality work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education and pride in dignity of work. SkillsUSA promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service. For more information: www.skillsusa.org

NEWS RELEASE

For SkillsUSA Service Project


Following is the full letter Lynn's Husband wrote on her behalf to share:


Dear Friends,

It is an extraordinary act of kindness to consider offering the gift of kidney donation. During this holiday season, I am asking for your kindness on behalf of my wife Lynn.

There are many illnesses considered to be invisible. You cannot see what’s going on inside someone’s body just by looking at them. My wife is in End Stage Renal Failure. Lynn’s kidneys are failing. For those of you who know Lynn, she does not look or act like she is ill. Being ill does not stop her from doing what she loves doing most.  She works full-time with students, is a teacher leader and the many of civic groups. However, no longer are her kidneys able to sift out waste products and extra water that normally are removed through urine. Diseased kidneys are unable to help control blood pressure, keep bones healthy, and help make red blood cells.

One of the treatment options for kidney disease is dialysis. During dialysis, the blood is filtered through a machine three times a week for several hours at a time. Dialysis has complications and requires a strict diet and limiting schedule. Dialysis patients often feel very poorly after treatment and have one good day between. This means that during a large percentage of the time, they feel weak, making it difficult to do the everyday things we take for granted. It is Lynn’s goal to avoid dialysis. She is working hard to keep herself as healthy as she possibly can. Her wish is to locate a donor before dialysis is needed.

Another option is a kidney transplant. Patients often wait many years to receive a kidney from a deceased donor. That’s one reason that living donation is a better option. With a living donor, transplant can be a planned event, sometimes done early enough to prevent dialysis. Kidneys from living donors work better and last longer than deceased donor kidneys.

Lynn is a loving mother, a teacher and would do anything to help others.  I am asking for your support on behalf of Lynn. Help us get the word out. Lynn needs a kidney transplant in order to continue on the journey that she has not finished yet, making a difference in the lives of others.

The donor evaluation begins with the completion of a health questionnaire. Donors undergo medical and psychosocial evaluations to ensure the safety of the donor. There is no obligation to learn more about donation. To learn more about becoming a living kidney donor or to start the donor process at the University of Minnesota go to this website. https://www.mhealth.org/care/treatments/kidney-transplant-adult

If you wish to complete the donor health evaluation, go to click on the blue button that says “Interested in being a liver or kidney donor?”. You may also contact the Transplant Center by calling, 612‑625‑7010 or 800‑328‑5465.

Patient: Lynn Nelson 05/26/62  Looking for type A or O

Please pass this information onto other healthy people in your life – at work, in your neighborhood, at your church or temple, and in your social community.  Copy and paste this link to send people this page:  http://www.donortodonor.com/lynns-story

Thank you for considering a live kidney donation. You have the power to make Lynn’s  life better.


If you wish to complete the donor health evaluation, go to click on the blue button that says “Interested in being a liver or kidney donor?”. You may also contact the Transplant Center by calling, 612‑625‑7010 or 800‑328‑5465.

Patient: Lynn Nelson 05/26/62  Looking for type A or O