Rev. David Eckert serves Drexel Hill UMC. Just as many of you have, he inspires me with his strength and determination. Please read his story and prayerfully consider sharing it with others. I pray that through our connection, a donor will be found.
Together in Ministry,
Southeast District Superintendent
David Eckert is pastor of Drexel Hill United Methodist Church in Upper Darby, PA. He is married to Amy and they have two sons, Noel and Jonah.
Before serving Drexel Hill, David served Conshohocken UMC and First UMC of Germantown as Associate Pastor.
Thank you to Rev. Dawn Taylor Storm, and to Bishop Johnson, for encouraging me and allowing me to share my story and my request. Thank you to each person for taking the time to read and consider this prayerfully.
I need a kidney. I have been living with kidney disease for ten years, and have reached a critical stage. I am still working, but have slowed down significantly, and I recently began dialysis treatments. I am on the national transplant list, but the average wait time in our region is two to six years. My best hope for a healthy future is to find a living donor. A person can donate one kidney and live a full healthy life with only one remaining kidney.
I have tried asking quietly and have not found a donor. So I am asking boldly. I am asking my friends, my family, my church, my Cub Scout pack, and more. I am asking you to send this out to as many people as you can. Put me on every prayer list, and every Facebook page you can. I am praying that someone out there will hear my request, consider donating, and find they are a match. This is not an easy request for me to make, but I know that my life has come to depend on it.
I also hope that my request might help someone else. According to the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), more than 100,000 people across the United States are listed for a kidney transplant. In the greater Philadelphia region alone, approximately 5,300 people are waiting for a kidney to become available. Consider donating, even if not to me, to one of these thousands. In the book of John, Jesus says, “No one has greater love than to give up one’s life for one’s friends.” We are not asking for a life. We are simply asking for a kidney. But that kidney could save a life!
To qualify as a living donor, an individual must be:
The first step is to learn about live donation and to fill out a questionnaire. All this is on this University of PA Website: http://www.pennmedicine.org/transplant/patient-care/living-donor-programs/living-kidney-donor-program/. Submitting the questionnaire is a first step, not a final commitment to donate.
My goal is to get 30 (thirty) new applications into the UPENN system by the end of June. That’s one donor a day, in the hope of finding that one person who might be a match for me, and perhaps other donors to save other lives.
My fantastic wife, Amy, has set up a facebook page, “Donors for David” where you can learn more and communicate with us. Or you can email me directly at PastorDavid@rcn.com
Thank you for your prayerful consideration.