MORRISTOWN, NJ - Harding resident and Atlantic Health EMS employee, Reid Cappel has dedicated his life to helping others. Now, the man who has helped his community, needs our help. He is need of a kidney.

Cappel was born with one kidney instead of two. And now that one remaining kidney is only functioning at  20%. 

"Growing up I had a lot of stomach issues", said Cappel. "When I was 21 years old, they found a massive tumor where the other kidney should have been. Luckily it wasn't cancerous but I've been dealing with Chronic Kidney Disease since then."

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Chronic Kidney Disease, according to the Mayo Clinic, is the gradual loss of kidney function. The kidneys filter wastes and excess fluids from the blood which are then excreted in the urine.  When chronic kidney disease reaches an advanced stage, dangerous levels of fluid, electrolytes and wastes can build up in your body.

Treatment for chronic kidney disease, according to the organization, focuses on slowing the progression of the kidney damage, usually by controlling the underlying cause. Chronic kidney disease can progress to end-stage kidney failure, which is fatal without artificial filtering (dialysis) or a kidney transplant.

Recently, Cappel underwent Gastric Sleeve Surgery to avoid dialysis and, on the recommendation of his physician, will need to lose 40 pounds prior to the transplant. While his transplant team tries to locate a donor, Cappel is dedicated to losing the weight. With the help of Matt Scarfo, owner of Full Time Fitness, Cappel will develop a workout plan to help him achieve his weight loss goals. Cappel hopes that while he is doing his part, losing the recommended weight, the community will help him find a compatible living donor. 

"My doctors believe the surgery will help my remaining kidney greatly but won't cure the disease," he said. "I will need a kidney transplant. If you are interested in helping me, please click on the link below. This will essentially save my life."

To fill out the Living Donor Referral form, click HERE 


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