Lance Wittleder of Minnetonka, MN

When our son Lance was born, we knew he would need to be a determined fighter just like Lance Armstrong. Lance was born with kidney failure and Prune Belly Syndrome. At the age of 3 months, he started peritoneal dialysis, however, we soon found hemo dialysis did a much better job of fine tuning him for transplant. Dialysis was very hard on his little body but we knew it was our only means to get him big enough to receive his daddy’s kidney. Lance received the gift of life from his dad a when he was only 11 months old. Transplantation is not a cure but a treatment. This treatment comes with many risks that we as a family were willing to take on because the rewards are so much better. This treatment for my son allows him to play and jump in puddles, go to school without having to be hooked up to a machine to live. Lance is a very smart, curious and active 6 year old. Some of his favorite things are riding his bike, reading books and harassing his sister like any other six year old should have the opportunity to do!
Lance was very fortunate to have the option of transplantation. We were also very fortunate we did not have to go very far to find the “perfect kidney” for our son.

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