WEWAHITCHKA, Fla. (WMBB) — A Florida woman is using the power of social media to save her husband’s life.
Jason Richter was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease four years ago. Now, he’s in end-stage renal failure and his wife is on a mission to find him a new kidney.
“His kidneys are this big, regular kidneys are the size of your fist,” Suzanne said.
Jason said the disease runs in his family.
He is currently on a transplant list through the Mayo Clinic, but finding the perfect match is a challenge. He needs a Type O kidney.
“Things that used to be easy are hard, and things that used to be hard are just impossible now. So I’m just biding time, just waiting,” Jason said.
His wife Suzanne says it will take eight years for Jason to receive a cadaver kidney, so she’s determined to find a match on her own.
“Facebook has been a huge platform, Instagram, we have the T-shirts, I made pins, I have yard signs, I have a big digital sign outside the Piggly Wiggly in Port St. Joe that’s flashing,” said Suzanne.
They’ve even placed QR codes across their hometown of Wewahitchka and neighboring communities.
When potential donors scan them, they are taken to the Mayo Clinic’s website, where they can learn everything they need to know about being a donor and getting on the transplant list.
The couple plans on traveling to Tampa, Pensacola, Birmingham and New Orleans in the next few months to hopefully get on more transplant lists.
The couple has a GoFundMe to raise money for the efforts.
To become a kidney donor and check if you’re a match for Jason, visit the Mayo Clinic’s form and use Jason Richter (DOB: 11-05-1973) as your intended recipient.