Jason was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease when he was 18. He went into kidney failure in October 2017 making dialysis treatments a necessity for survival.
"Jason has worked in dialysis since he was 18. First as a patient care tech and now he is a dialysis biomed. He taught me how to cannulate patient's fistulas when I became a nurse. Now he is in need of a lifesaving kidney transplant. We have worked hand in hand taking care of dialysis patients, now he is a patient himself. Jason trained me in dialysis when I became a dialysis nurse." - Melissa Lewis (Jason's Wife)
Jason and Melissa have 6 children ages 2-18. Melissa works full time as a dialysis nurse and Jason works full time as a dialysis biomed. She goes from dialyzing patients all day to coming home and dialyzing her husband all while trying to fit in the kids' activities. Jason's energy level has decreased. Dialysis knocks the heck out of him. The kids are aware of their daddy's need for a kidney and are involved in the search for a living kidney donor. The kids have asked Santa to bring their daddy a kidney donor hero. Hoping and praying daily. Melissa has taught her kids to be her dialysis helpers at home while dialyzing Jason. They know to call 911 if anything goes wrong while he is dialyzing. Their 8 year old daughter wants to learn CPR to help in case something went wrong while her daddy is on treatment. Melissa is hoping and praying daily for her family's hero.
Jason's biggest fear living with kidney failure is not being able to be there for his kids. Not having the energy to keep up with the kids.
Melissa and Jason want people to understand the severity of kidney disease. 20 people die everyday waiting for a lifesaving kidney transplant. It's important to know that people can change that by being a living kidney donor.
Dialysis is both a curse and a blessing. A curse because of the pain associated with needles, cramping, diet restrictions, life restrictions, however a blessing because years ago people who were told they had kidney failure, it was basically a death sentence.
Jason's mother is also a dialysis nurse and has been for 40 years. She is also a kidney patient, back on dialysis after her kidney transplant of 15 years failed. The Lewis family is a dialysis family. They dialyze Jason's mother at home as well. They are a group of dialysis nurses and a biomed and now they are living a dialysis life as well trying to juggle having a normal life with 6 children.
Learn about Penn Medicine Kidney Transplant Program here
Penn Medicine Living Kidney Donation Interest Form* here
*This form is just the initial step. It doesn't mean you are committed or even qualified yet to donate. It is simply the first step.
Name: Jason Lewis
Location: Moscow, Pa
Date of Birth: 3/14/1978
Donor Blood Type Needed: B or O, however Paired Exchange is an option
Social Media to Follow Jason's Search and Share his Story
Kidney for Jay Give the Gift of Life - Facebook Page
Savannah's Secret Gift of Life Search - Facebook Page