At the Y we are family.
And when your family asks for help, you answer the call.
Brad and Ashley’s story starts here in Frederick at TJ High School as classmates and friends. Each participating in athletics though their high school years. After college and life’s travels they found each other again at a friend’s Halloween party. Now living in the Thurmont area, parents to a beautiful 2nd grader, they are looking to their community for help. Ashley is facing a health challenge and you can help. Ashley needs a kidney. By spreading the word to those in your network of family, friends, colleagues, by getting tested to see if you’re a match, and by keeping her story in the forefront of the community’s mind you can help.
Brad’s Y story starts with his Mom, Tamara, who enrolled him in Water Baby’s class here at the Frederick County YMCA in 1980. Preceded by his sister Jami in 1976 and followed by his younger sister Amanda 1982. The three siblings continued their swim classes into the late eighties. Their family enjoyed family swim time together as well. While other interests such as Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, karate, and baseball would have the family utilizing other community programs, Brad recalls hours in the Health and Wellness center hitting the weights as he stayed strong for high school football, swimming and baseball. Tamara would find her way back to the Y to prepare for surgery. She found her network of friends and second family within the aquatics department and is proudly a member of the self-proclaimed Water Lilies group.
Brad’s Y family has grown in various ways over the years and now that his life includes Ashley and Adalyn they too are a part of our Y family. Ashley’s diagnosis of Polycystic Kidney Disease came in 2005. There is an abundance of information about Ashley’s diagnosis through the National Kidney Foundation website. What we would like you to know is that Ashley needs a live donor kidney. Because of the advanced condition that Ashley is currently enduring (kidneys are working at an 11% capacity; cyst’s have invaded both kidneys) the need is imminent. The Paired Kidney Donation program encourages all potential donors to be vetted and it offers additional opportunities to help Ashley. Some basic information about the donation of a kidney:
- You only need one kidney to live a healthy, long life.
- Most donor surgery is done laparoscopically, meaning through tiny incisions.
- The recuperation period is usually fairly quick, generally two weeks.
- The cost of your evaluation and surgery will be covered by the recipients insurance. The hospital can give you extensive information on this.
- You will have a separate team of healthcare professionals to evaluate you as a living donor. Their job is to help you understand the risks and benefits and look out for YOUR best interests.
We encourage you, our Y family, to consider how you can help out fellow Y family member Brad Lipan with his mission to save Ashley’s life. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or
240-405-9837. The need is urgent. The time is now.