I am looking for your help. I have an idea for my next big photography project. I am still trying to finalize the complete concept for this project but I do know the subject. It is a subject near and dear to me and my family and I am pretty sure most of you have been impacted by this topic as well.
Kidney Failure… The impact, the treatment and the stories.
August 14th of this year will mark the 8 year anniversary of my kidney transplant. I received a living donor kidney from my father. Such an amazing gift and I still cannot believe the change this event has made in my life. It is humbling to think of the selfless act a living organ donation made by a donor. Imagine it, take a moment to put your self in my place and it was your father or mother donating a kidney to you or your child. In depth thought of this event will bring most people to their knees with the weight. Once you experience this thought, you be have a glimpse of understanding how I feel about this in my own life and try to comprehend how I could never fully repay the debt I owe. I know that living my life to the fullest, with my family and for serving others is the best way to celebrate and respect the gift I was given.
For my family, the culprit is Polycystic Kidney Disease.
My maternal grandfather died of this disease when I was only 9 months old. Dialysis was an emerging treatment at the time of his death and very expensive. A welder by profession was not capable of obtaining the kind of care that is common place today. Sadly, he passed before I could get to know this great man, and he passed with the terrible side effects that accompany a body not being able to filter the poisons within him.
In a very weird way, I feel Mo connected to him than ever. I can relate this feeling being similar to a Band of Brothers in wartime. Experiencing similar struggles as feeling poisoned by my own body and learning the secrets to dealing with this spiritually, mentally, and physically. Yet, I was fortunate enough to benefit from the cleansing treatment that he could not afford.
What advancements will my kids benefit from that I can obtain, afford or is yet to be invented?
There is no cure for this disease, only artificial filtering treatment and eventually a kidney transplant.
My mother has received a kidney transplant from a living donor, a friend of the family. My brother has received a kidney transplant from a living donor, a close friend. As you can see, this particular disease runs STRONG in my family. I need to do my part to help stop it in the future. Therefore, a large portion of the proceeds will go to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation.
I would like to share my experiences, meet others in the struggle and meet the care givers that are on the other side.
I would like to photograph, and interview them about their kidney failure experience. Their past condition, their current condition and their future outlook. And their future plans. I would prefer that they be in the DFW area, but you never know when I could be in another area and meet up with others.
What is my goal? What is my hope? I want to show the human element of kidney failure. I want to show the reality and impact that dialysis can put on a body. I want to show of the effects and impacts of the illness on the care giver. Mo importantly, I want to show the impact a transplant can make on a kidney patient. It can be amazing and life changing. My camera can help me tell this story. My camera can capture powerful images that are real, authentic and preserve that moment to share. A picture can speak volumes of emotion and never utter a word. I need to, no, I HAVE to capture this story and tell it.
Please let me know if you know someone that is currently in this battle. I would like to reach out to them and see if we can work out a meeting.
Please have them contact me at:
Call or Text 817-201-1354
Thank you for your help! I am looking forward to meeting your friends and family. I am looking forward to hearing and sharing their story.