Thank you for visiting our website. I reference this website as “ours” because it is a collective effort on the part of my family.
My name is Joan Miller and I am Eric’s mother. Eric is my youngest son. He is 34 years old. Eric is a previous transplant recipient and, unfortunately, his doctors have told us that he will soon require another transplant. Both Eric’s father and brother do not qualify as a kidney donor.
Eric has been a fighter since the day he was born! Shortly after being discharged from the hospital at birth, Eric began displaying symptoms of a problem. Eric vomited excessively and was losing weight. His doctor initially thought Eric had sensitivity to his formula. After several trials and errors it was obvious there was a more serious problem. Eric was diagnosed as only having 8% kidney function in one kidney and 0% in the other. We were initially told that he was too small to have dialysis and that he would likely die. Somehow Eric held on. Then the doctors told us he would never grow to 25 pounds due to his lack of kidney function. However, somehow he proved them wrong.
Here we are now, 34 years later, and once again we need help in our fight to keep Eric alive! There are many ways you can help from being tested to be a possible kidney donor to Eric, posting flyers (located at the bottom of this page) in your local businesses, posting on Facebook, Twitter and Google+, placing our flyers in your car windows or even just talking about it with your friends and coworkers. We have much more information about how you can help on the How You Can Help page on this site.
Eric’s father, Pat, served in the United States Army and was stationed in Vietnam. While we cannot be 100% certain, we feel strongly that Eric’s medical problems have been caused by Agent Orange.
Per Wikipedia — Agent Orange is the combination of the code names for Herbicide Orange (HO) and Agent LNX, one of the herbicides and defoliants used by the U.S. military as part of its chemical warfare program. The program’s goal was to defoliate forested and rural land, depriving guerrillas of cover; another goal was to induce forced draft urbanization, destroying the ability of peasants to support themselves in the countryside, and forcing them to flee to the U.S. dominated cities, thus depriving the guerrillas of their rural support and food supply. A great deal more information on this topic is available on line.
Eric’s father and his surroundings in Vietnam were sprayed with Agent Orange. He also experiences side effects as a result of the exposure which have been recognized by the United States government and affect his quality of life.
The purpose of this website is to increase awareness of Eric’s need for a living kidney donor. Most people have two kidneys. We are literally given a spare kidney! I have been living with only one kidney since 1990, when I donated my spare to Eric, with absolutely no ill effects.
You may be asking yourself, “What can I do to help?” There are many ways that you can help save Eric. We recognize that not everyone would consider donating a kidney but we hope that almost everybody can find it in their hearts to take five minutes to help Eric and by doing so, your efforts could also help others in need by increasing awareness in general.