A big thanks to all our recent donators!
A big thanks to all our recent donators!
Help us achieve our goal!
Thank you so much for taking interest in Tom's journey. Our mission is to find a living donor for Tom Poppa so he can continue to spread happiness and laughter to so many people that love him for many many more years to come.
All your questions can be answered by visiting Tom's Kidney Donation page.
Tom Poppa is a friend to everyone, his laugh is infectious, and his stories are ones you will talk about forever. You may know Tom from his time at Fox's Pizza in North Huntingdon and Monroeville for the better part of the 70s-90s. You may also know Tom as your friendly Insurance man for the last 30 years. You might have played a round or two of golf with Tom which is his absolute favorite thing to do. Tom may also have coached you in softball, bowling, swimming, or just told you that a turkey crosses the painting in his family room at midnight. We all know him as, T.P., the man that can light up a room.
His family's goal is to find him a kidney donor so T.P. can continue telling us crazy stories, Dad Jokes, and keeping us laugh for years and years to come.
Tom has fought uncontrolled idiopathic hypertension for over a decade. Basically, this is very high, hard to control blood pressure, for which the doctors could not find the cause.Uncontrolled HBP causes damage to the kidneys – Tom is the poster boy for this.
He began seeing a Kidney doctor (nephrologist), who tried to help him get the BP under control, alas, after many medication changes & attempts, his kidney failure progressed from Stage 3 (with which you can lead a long happy life) to Stage 5, requiring dialysis or transplant.
He tested for, and became active on the National Kidney Transplant list in January of 2017 (we've been searching for 3 years for a donor!)
In March of 2017, Tom had surgery to insert a peritoneal dialysis catheter into his abdomen so he could do home dialysis. This surgery caused him to miss the trip to walk his oldest daughter down the aisle during her destination wedding.
That HBP continued to damage his kidneys and in December of 2018 he began home dialysis. In May of 2019, a cardiac check-up turned into a cardiac catheterization, which led to immediate Coronary Artery Bypass Graft surgery (CABG). Wow! What a massive surgery. As Tom fought hard to rehab from that major, life-saving, surgery, it became apparent, that he was exposed to a bacteria that infected his peritoneum. After four rounds of antibiotics, the doctor recommended he have the dialysis catheter removed and begin Hemodialysis in October of 2019. He was driving to the dialysis clinic to have his blood cleaned three times a week and was not allowed to golf or do much of anything which we all know is extremely hard for T.P.
In December 2019 he had a new dialysis catheter inserted to try home dialysis again. After three tries to get the new catheter to flow, it just simply failed and he is now back on hemodialysis until he is lucky enough to get a kidney transplant.
He then had another surgery in April 2020 to build an AV fistula in his arm for a more permanent dialysis access.
After some eleven surgeries, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, you can find Tom at the dialysis center chatting up his new buddies who one he says is an elderly Italian man that talks with his hands.
We are very hopeful that T.P's twelfth surgery
is a new healthy kidney for Tom!
If you are unable to be a living donor you can still help! Help us by making a donation, spread the word, follow Tom's journey, and join us in finding a donor to give T.P. LIFE!
We're also accepting prayers, happy thoughts, and all the good juju you can give!
There are a few hurdles to jump before becoming a donor. Your first step is to fill out the survey at the National Kidney Foundation website set up for Tom.
Click the photo for more information.
Many questions are asked about kidney donation. How soon can I donate? Will I have issues after donating? Do I have to be healthy as a horse to donate? All your questions can be answered by the
National Kidney Foundation.
As we all know TP is always the life of the party so this journey is going to be nothing short of entertaining. Join us celebrating every day we have with TP as we search for a donor.
Show your support for T.P. by wearing a shirt to help find him a donor! Proceeds from the KIDNEY4TP shirts will go to the National Kidney Foundation.