Date: Friday, February 1, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM MST
Home: Calgary Away: Brandon
555 Saddledome Rise SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 2W1
Life has radically changed for 15 year old Mason Christie this past year. After being diagnosed with kidney failure last fall, Mason is required to do Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) for ten hours every night. This procedure assists in the work his kidneys do by exchanging liquids through a tube inserted into his abdomen. Mason’s kidney disease also means he has to take up to 15 medications each day to replace the nutrients his body isn’t absorbing in order to keep his body’s levels in balance. The best option for him is a kidney transplant. “Mason is fortunate in that we have several family and friends offering to give him a kidney,” says his mom Andra. Despite that, Mason has been waiting for the past two years – his fourth donor is now going through testing. Mason says he is looking forward to getting back some of his freedom after the kidney transplant since he is currently restricted because of being on dialysis.
And he is not the first in his family to be diagnosed with cystinosis – a rare genetic form of kidney disease that causes cystine crystals to build up in the kidneys, eyes, muscles and liver. His 22 year old brother Chandler received a kidney donation from their mom Andra three years ago. Chandler is now enjoying excellent health – he completed his schooling at SAIT, is able to work full time and have fun with his friends. “You always want your children to have the best life possible,” Andra says. “I always tell people, if you donate your kidney, you are affecting two lives – the person you donate to, and the person who is now able to move up higher on the list.”
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