January 27th, 2012 10:46 EST
Super Bowl Bound Tom Brady Helps Find Kidney For His Mentor Tom Martinez
Super Bowl bound Tom Brady owes a lot of his success to Tom Martinez, the 68-year-old Quarterback coach from California whos mentored No. 12 since he was a boy. So its no surprise that for the past few months the star pupil has been trying to help his teacher, whose in failing health and needs a kidney transplant by asking people through the Internet including his Facebook page to go to MatchingDonors.com to be tested to see if they are a potential compatible kidney donor to Tom Martinez. "Toms a great guy and has given us great visibility," says Paul Dooley, CEO of MatchingDonors.com, which is trying to find a kidney for Martinez.
See Brady`s banner that he is putting out on the Internet. So far many potential donors stepped forward but none was a match for Martinez. "Its ok If theyre not a match for Tom, they might be a match for someone else," said Dooley. Brady and Martinez invited the Dooley family to spend last Labor Day with them while Martinez tutored Brady during a private practice at Gillette Stadium. Ever since, the coach has not been well enough to travel, so currently Brady goes to Martinez to be tutored.
Nineteen people die every day in the United States waiting for a kidney transplant, most waiting 7 to 9 years. The team at MatchingDonors.com is working hard to make sure that doesnt happen by finding altruistic living organ donors for people needing kidney transplants. The average patient gets their transplant through MatchingDonors.com within six months of signing up on the website.
Over the past seven years MatchingDonors.com has made historic strides in saving the lives of people needing organ transplants, and increasing living organ donation in the United States. For the work we do at MatchingDonors.com we have won many awards and commendations from Congress and The President of The United States, but we do not currently receive any funds from the government. MatchingDonors.com accomplishments include:
1. MatchingDonors.com is now the largest living donor database in the United States, with over 10,130 potential donors registered on the website.
2. MatchingDonors.com is also now the largest living donor paired exchange database in the United States, with over 2,302 potential paired exchange donors registered on the website.
3. MatchingDonors.com now has over 500 patients with active profiles.
4. MatchingDonors.com has an extremely high success rate - most patient members that have been on the site for at least 30 days have been offered an organ by a potential donor.
5. At least 40 of our patient members have upcoming surgery dates with their donors found on MatchingDonors.com.
6. MatchingDonors.com can get over 1.5 million visits in a month.
7. New patients and potential donors sign up almost daily.
8. MatchingDonors.com is recommended and used by many doctors across the United States, including some of the most prestigious transplant surgeons and centers.
Also, on October 24, 2011 the MatchingDonors.com team was honored as one of the only two nonprofits of choice by the Hollywood AwardsÂ® at the 15th Annual Hollywood Awards Gala in Beverly Hills. MatchingDonors.com was chosen out of 1.5 million other nonprofits in the United States for this prestigious honor.
As of January 25, 2012, there are 112,754 patients waiting for an organ transplant in the United States. Yet, from January to October 2011, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, www.UNOS.org a non-profit organization contracted with the US Department of Health, there were only 23,749 organ transplants performed in the United States.
Currently, patients waiting for an organ donation are placed on the UNOS national waiting list through the United Network for Organ Sharing. A computer system matches patients to donor organs according to objective criteria such as blood and tissue type, immune status, medical urgency and time spent on the waiting list. This ranking system determines which patients are offered available organs. This process is extremely important in anyones organ search, but now MatchingDonors.com offers a way to enhance the search with a more active approach.
MatchingDonors.com main objective is to search the world to find potential live donors for people in need of organ transplants. Patient members of MatchingDonors.com provide a personal biography as well as pictures of their choice to display on the website, which will create an interest in them and their life story. When patients in need of an organ transplant place themselves into MatchingDonors.com database, their information will be promoted on the website. MatchingDonors.com advertises and promotes its Web site in many different ways through extensive public relations networking to increase potential donors viewing the site.
The personal connection MatchingDonors.com provides is key to finding a potential live donor. According to the National Kidney Foundation, "Nearly one out of four (23.4%) of 1000 people queried told pollsters that they would be "likely" to consider donating a kidney or a portion of their liver or lung to help save the life of someone they did not know." Many people feel more comfortable considering offering a live donation to someone they may have a connection to or a common bond.
When patients provide their biography and open up personally, the potential for live donors to respond is increased. To help educate people about the option of live organ donation, MatchingDonors.com Web site provides extensive information regarding the safety and types of donations available.
MatchingDonors.com Medical Director, Dr. Jeremiah Lowney, is available for interviews for print, radio and television before and after the surgery. Please contact Doctor Lowney at 781-821-2204 to set up interviews. An NBC TODAY SHOW piece, an ABC News NightLine Story, and New England Journal of Medicine Articles, and hundreds of more news articles and videos about MatchingDonors.com can be found at www.MatchingDonors.com.
MatchingDonors.com is not an organ donor waiting list, and is not associated with any organ donor organization. It is a nonprofit venue where patients and potential donors can communicate and hopefully expedite a live donor agreeing to give a much-needed organ. MatchingDonors.com gives patients and potential donors the important communication tools to correspond with each other, but once the contact between the parties has been made, the road to transplant surgery is their own.
Based in Canton, Massachusetts, MatchingDonors.com is a nonprofit corporation with people based throughout the United States. Anyone interested in donating money to support MatchingDonors.com services can do so by calling MatchingDonors.com at 781-821-2204.
More information about the company is available at its corporate web site, http://www.MatchingDonors.com.