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Kidney Paitents Federation

Kidney Bean
At Hawks CC, we pride ourselves on giving back to the community and aim to actively support charities close to our team members, so throughout the year we hold various events to raise money and from next year we have chosen to focus our efforts on; the National Kidney Federation. I’ve been playing cricket since the age of 14 and the very first team I played for was a team called Dagenham CC. After many years of playing with, Dagenham, they decided to partner up with a team called Hawks CC.

Warren's Story

Warren
I've always had problems with my kidneys and have been in and out of hospital due to a condition known as Spina Bifida. In 2010 I suffered chronic kidney failure, which resulted in me having to do dialysis 3 times a week.

I still loved playing cricket and everyone at the club has been so good to me, continuously supporting me with my health condition. Gary Lord, the 2nd team captain would only let me pay for match fees when I was able to play and would always pick me up and drive me home as I was unable to get to and from games.

Despite being on dialysis for many years I eventually had a kidney transplant back in 2013, but unfortunately it rejected a couple of months later. We still feel grateful to the person or their family who chose to give the gift of life. I’d been called up for a possible transplant at the end of 2016, and again at the beginning of 2017, but due to high levels of antibodies from previous blood transfusions and surgeries I was turned down due to a high possibility of rejection.

After getting married, my wife made a decision to be my donor and although I was a match, due to my antibodies it was likely to reject, so after many tests, needle pokes, appointments and nearly a year later my wife and I matched through the shared pool with another two couples, who were able to provide me and two other people with a kidney. Even though I don't know who they are, I am forever thankful that they chose to donate to complete strangers. My beautiful wife will forever carry the scar knowing she has done something amazing, but in return I received the gift of life.

Sadly, in September 2020 I was told I would have to go back on dialysis because my transplanted kidney had rejected, but luckily I only have to go twice a week. I have a lot to look forward to with cricket training starting up again soon and some great team mates to meet up with.