Eames Office team member seeks kidney for mom Posted November 2, 2017 by Marlow Hoffman

“The connections, the connections, the connections…” Charles Eames used to say. The director of digital and social media at the Eames Office is on a quest to find her mom Barbara a living kidney donor, and you—our followers—are the connections that can help save her life.

Barbara with daughter Marlow. Please call the Kidney Transplant Department at 720.754.2155 to find out if you might be a kidney match. And please share Barbara’s story far and wide. Image: Kristen Sink.

Barbara is a loving mother, wife, and grandmother. She’s passionate, artistic, and has a silly or supportive song for everything—usually something like “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from the hit musical Gypsy. She loves her family fiercely and wholly, and has always been the wind at their back when their energy wanes.

Now it’s Barbara’s energy that has waned, and her family wants to support her as she has always supported them. Barbara is in need of a life-saving kidney due to a disease called FSGS. In September 2015, her nephrologist added her name to the transplant list (a 7+ year wait) and started her on peritoneal dialysis.

The last couple of years have been very stressful and an enormous life change for Barbara. She is often exhausted, “spacey,” and says she doesn’t feel like herself. As a result, she has retired from teaching preschool music after 22 years, and she no longer has the energy to take care of her grandkids each afternoon.

Barbara’s family would like to donate to her, but they aren’t a match. Her daughters are both on the Paired Kidney Donation list (essentially a “kidney swap,” where a living kidney donor who is incompatible with the recipient, exchanges kidneys with another donor/recipient pair) in the hopes that they can eventually save their mom’s life.

Please share Barbara’s story far and wide, and follow her on Facebook @kidneyforbarbara.

Potential international donors, please note: There is a blood test that must be done in the U.S. If you are interested in helping and are a frequent U.S. traveler, please let the Kidney Transplant Department know!