James L.

Condition: Kidney Failure
City, State: Hillsboro, OR
Club: Glencoe High School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 2576
Date Adopted: 12/09/2016

James's Story:

James was born with kidney failure. In the first few weeks after he was born, he endured over 13 surgeries in order to stabilize him enough so he could go home. He spent the first three years of his life on peritoneal dialysis, which takes place at home. It was determined early on that he would need a kidney transplant. Over the first three years he has had multiple infections and was repeatedly taken on and off the transplant list until he was healthy enough to undergo the transplant surgery.

Shortly before he turned three and his body was healthy enough, he received a kidney transplant. Due to the high level of medications necessary for James’ body to accept the kidney, he was unable to leave the hospital without a mask for six months after his transplant.

In 2014, James’ body began rejecting the kidney. He was put on high doses of Prednisone and immunosuppressants to try and trick his body into accepting his new kidney. As a result, James suffers from anemia and experiences fatigue every day. Doctors were able to keep his body from completely rejecting the new kidney until this last summer.

During the summer of 2016, doctors discovered that James’ body was once again rejecting the kidney. However, doctors must hold off to place him on the list until his levels reach the required amount. Until this happens, he cannot be placed on the list to receive a kidney. In the meantime, James takes seven different medications in the morning and another eight each night.

James desperately needs a kidney. His family must keep up with all the costs of medication and supplies to properly care for him until one becomes available.

Despite all of these challenges James is a typical teenage boy who loves video games, Minecraft and the TV series “Supernatural”. He loves, popcorn cheese pizza and fried chicken.

James will be adopted as a Sparrow to Glencoe High School. Students will work hard to raise money for James through sponsored community service and fundraising.


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