Wow…Attendance record at Peggy Baker Park was shattered this morning with 28 PAX in attendance. I am truly humbled by the turn out, extra effort for so many to come so far, and all of the encouraging words this morning. Most people at the County and a few others in F3 Louisville know that I will be donating a kidney to my sister Karen on Thursday. F3 really showed it’s colors with the crowd at my last post for a while. The color green was worn by most which was a nice touch because green is the color supporting organ donation.
PAX: Meter Maid, Catfish, Uncle Sam (R), Pelican, Valdez, Double Down (R), Dauber, Cochran, Husky, Cowboy, Abacus, Stormtrooper, Rhythm, Leprechaun, Flip Flop, Brown Water, McAfee, Wildflower, Fungi, Le Pew, PK, Domino, Fructose, Captain Crunchberry, Iceman (R), Jolly Rancher, Kimble, Bulletin (R) (QIC)
I started with the disclaimer and a short mosey to the basketball court for the COP. 20 SSH, 15 Abe Vigodas, Downward Dog stretching, and lastly 10 Merkins to finish the warm up. Moseyed over to the concession stand area.
Thang 1: The Bulletin Board presented the Merkins and Stuff. It was very simple, 10 merkins plus one exercise from the list, then a lap around the baseball field. The list:
20 Plank Jacks
20 Big Boys
20 Box Jumps
100 Invisible Jump Rope
Repeat if your name is Catfish.
Called time about 6:03, took advantage of the light and Fungi took a picture of the crowd.
Moseyed back to the basketball court for some Jack Webb and Kidney donation facts. I listed one of the facts before each round of Jack Webb (merkins and air presses).
Some facts about Kidney disease, the waiting list, and kidney donation:
- 100,000 people on the waiting list
- The average wait time is 3-5 years
- There are 18,000 transplants/year, 6,000 of those are from living donors
- 12 people die each day waiting on transplant
- Living donors are preferred. A kidney from a living donor should start working very quickly. A kidney from a deceased donor can take two to four weeks to begin working.
- Donated kidneys from living donors generally last twice as long as those from deceased donors.
- Siblings has a 1 in 4 chance of being an exact match. Those odds increase to 1 in 100,000 if the donor is unrelated to the recipient.
- Live donor recipients face less risk of organ rejection.
- Live Donor’s health is the top priority. As a live donor you get your own transplant team.
- Living donors pay ZERO COSTS.
We had an extra minute at the end so we did 20 more Merkins because I like them and I don’t get to do them for a while.
COA and NOA, announcements, intentions – For Bulletin, his sister, the medical teams that everything goes well on Thursday. Also for Meter Maid’s co-worker family. Our Father
Two things I forgot to mention this morning: I’m asking you to consider registering as an organ donor at https://www.donatelife.net and the next time you get your driver’s license renewed have them mark you as an organ donor. This isn’t just for kidneys, it covers organs, eye, and tissue donation.
If you are interested in live donation, you can get additional information at https://ukhealthcare.uky.edu/transplant-center/programs/living-kidney-donor-program
I want to thank everyone for coming out this morning and for all of the guys that have reached out or provided encouragement over the last 6 months. I shared with the group this morning that I believe the Sky Q has had his hand in this process from the time I was 9 years old. My oldest sister Kim lost a kidney to a benign tumor. From that moment, I was prepared mentally to give a kidney to her. It made this decision easy when the time came to give one to Karen. 12 years ago I was a fat, Copenhagen chewer, that didn’t exercise. After watching my Dad’s health deteriorate, I wanted to make sure I was around for my M and 2.0s. I quit chewing and a few months later I started working out on a regular basis. I can see now why those things happened. The Sky Q was guiding me to be healthy enough to be able to help my sister Karen. Today, I’m 40+ pounds lighter and obviously in good health. F3 has played a big role in all of this in the last 15 months. You guys really motivate me to get up early and get cracking on my day. The COT is always my favorite part of the day when I post, it just sets the tone for my day. I want you all to know that F3 has made me a better person, husband, father, manager, and Christian. I have had so many offers to help out while I recover, the M and I really appreciate it. If I need something, I’ll reach out. Recovery will keep me out of the 1st F for about 6 weeks but you will definitely see me before that time is up.
LOVE YOU GUYS – SYITG – Bulletin