Help Lucas get a kidney transplant

For: Lucas Swart
Cape Town, WC, South Africa
Organizer: Elma Pollard
$12,483
of $20,000 goal
62% Complete
Raised by 137 donors

The Story

At the age of  27 my son Lucas was diagnosed with end stage kidney disease (ESKD). This shocking discovery was made in March 2017. Suddenly my boy’s carefree and successful young life changed completely. Without anyone knowing he was most probably suffering from the “silent disease” for many years. It was given this name as there are almost no signs until it’s too late.

How could this be? My warm-hearted and ambitious, intelligent and loving boy in the prime of his life? Lucas was the life and soul of a big circle of friends, a successful project manager and talented musician. He had been nothing but a blessing to his family. The person everyone relied on to listen, understand, care and know what to do.

Too late the extremely high blood pressure raised the alarm and the kidney test was ordered. Lucas had seen two doctors before, but nobody suspected this disease at such an early age. Did he hurt his kidneys during that diving accident? Was this hereditary? Where does it come from? Surely there’s a mistake here.

Lucas was rushed to intensive care, then came the second shock: He had no medical insurance. We had to take him to a state hospital to join a renal programme. With thousands on the waiting list he was lucky to be accepted – his age counting in his favour. He stayed there for a month, settling into a new routine of draining his body fluids via a port in his stomach four times a day.

During shock the truth lands slowly. I fought against it for months, hoping for another way out. What about his future?
Slowly acceptance arrived. This is his new life. Until he gets a new kidney from somewhere. In South Africa, where we are, only a tiny percentage of people on the list for cadaveric kidneys ever get one – there are simply not enough available. Most perish before they are helped. The waiting list is years. As year on year more patients fall ill to this silent killer, less people donate their organs after death. And rejection is a huge risk.

Thank heavens Lucas and I share the same blood group. O+. As he has 50% of my DNA I am the most likely compatible donor of a live kidney. It would be such an honour to help him get his life back.

I had my creatinine levels tested and my kidneys are good. As an environmental and health activist I have every hope that my conscious lifestyle and good health can now help save my son’s life.

Of course I am deeply focused on the causes of such a calamity and the reasons from this escalating disease world-wide. This has been our field of study since he fell ill. Once we have managed to secure a kidney for Lucas our family is determined to bring together and share the latest knowledge via a Kidney Education Campaign so that people can be protected from this terrible fate.

Early detection could make a huge difference and take the load off the state. Most people simply don’t know what to look out for and how to do early testing. Neither did we have any idea.

If you feel moved to help Lucas we will keep you updated on the progress as the funds arrive and we start the testing procedures. Should I not be accepted as live donor, then we will test other family members and some friends who have offered. We can also source and swap a compatible kidney with another family in the same position.
We are determined to turn this challenge into a gift for Lucas and the world. Please join us in our campaign to save Lucas.

We need to raise 35,000 Dollars (R500,000) for a live kidney transplant for Lucas. This is his only chance at survival.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 9, 2018

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Posted on April 9, 2018

Good news from Lucas! People have been asking me for an update on the kidney situation and I  have been quiet about it because there hasn’t been much to say and I  honestly don't really like talking about it when there are so many other  more pleasant things to talk about. And for a while there were some  things that were up in the air and we weren’t sure whether it could  happen at all, and I couldn't bring myself to say that out loud.  Well, this morning we found out that everything is fine and the  transplant is good to go, and the 5th of June is the date that my mom  will give me life for the second time. 


This is thanks to the  overwhelming support and love that we have received from friends and  family. Every hospital visit, fundraiser event, donation, phone call or  lift to the hospital and back. You know who you are, and I can’t thank  you enough.  With that being said, I have to specifically mention my parents Elma and Vernon,  without whom I would not have been born in the first place, let alone  have the strength to survive a thing like this, and my stepmom Ingrid, my best friend Calvin, my girlfriend Mia and my brother Ruben  who have carried me (and my musical gear and basically every heavy  thing) through the past year. My love for you all cannot be measured. 

Thank you for making this possible.

love and blessings from Lucas and Elma


Posted on March 20, 2018

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Posted on March 20, 2018

Last weekend we met the surgeon Prof Elmien Steyn who will be placing one of my  kidneys into Luki’s abdominal cavity. It was huge for us to be so far!  What a stunning woman. Chatted to us for ages, showed so much interest  and intelligence. How incredibly blessed we are that he will be safe in  her care. Thanks to all our supporters who made this possible. We are  both doing well and getting fit and ready for the big day. 

It has been a very hard 12 months, but Lucas has come through stronger and  wiser than ever. What an honour to be on this journey with him. We have 2 months to go to surgery. Seeing his nephrologist this week again. Next week I will meet mine. Please do keep sharing our fundraiser. Bless you for the support.

grateful and hopeful

Elma (mother)


Posted on January 30, 2018

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Posted on January 30, 2018

Lucas is now settled into the nocturnal dialysis programme at the Vincent Palotti hospital in Cape Town, where does haemodialysis for 8 hours three nights a week. Luckily it is not painful and he is able to sleep through most of it. This leaves his weekends open to explore. This Saturday he spent the day at Theewaterskloof taking photographs of the almost empty dam - a surreal sight to see. Thank you for making it possible for him to spend whole days doing fun things again, without having to constantly be watching the clock for dialysis four times a day. This is a definite improvement to the quality of his life and we trust it will reduce the toxin levels and help him feel much better soon.

Please share our fundraiser with your friends …

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warm wishes

Elma (mother)

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