ROXBURY, NJ - Succasunna resident and former Scout leader Bob Williams is dealing with kidney disease and his wife, Kathleen, has embarked on a difficult quest: Finding somebody willing to become a living organ donor..
In a Facebook plea, Kathleen Whalen Williams said "time is not on Bob's side," noting the average wait time for a kidney from a deceased donor is five years.
"We understand this message might catch you by surprise," she wrote. "It is difficult for me to ask anyone to consider this, but a living donor greatly improves Bob’s chances of getting a transplant. I’m reaching out beyond our immediate family because unfortunately our sons and I cannot donate due to family medical history."
Williams is known to many in the area not only for his work with Scout Troop 159 of Succasunna but also as a radio personality. He also is a musician and is involved with the Roxbury Arts Alliance and the Roxbury Boy Scout Jazz Ensemble.
"Bob is one of the nicest, kindest, most helpful, caring human beings out there," wrote his wife. "For him, please consider being a living donor, or encourage someone you know to be one."
Without a transplant, Williams will be forced to get dialysis three times weekly, she said, adding that this is "not a long-term solution." A transplant would give Williams "the freedom and the ability to live a longer, healthier, more normal life."
She asked that people contact Donna Walton, the coordinator of The Living Donor Institute at St. Barnabas Hospital at 973-322-5047.
"Calling for information and education does not obligate you in any way," she noted. "Testing is confidential. Here’s their website for more info: https://www.rwjbh.org/…/kidne…/treatments/kidney-transplant/ You can also find more information about kidney donation at www.kidney.org/livingdonation or firstname.lastname@example.org"