Help Marty Raise Funds for Kidney Transplant

For: Marty Sheedy, Drew Drialo, Project Scissor Gait Foundation
Detroit, MI
Organizer: Marty Sheedy
Help Marty Raise Funds for Kidney Transplant (Marty Sheedy, Drew Drialo, Project Scissor Gait Foundation)
$9,296
of $12,000 goal.
Raised by 141 donors
77% Complete

The Story

Dynamic Duo: Man getting kidney transplant through unlikely friendship via Fox 2 Detroit.

If anyone's story is a prime example of fate, it's the story of Drew Drialo and Marty Sheedy.

The two met through a donation Drew was making to Mott's Children's Hospital. Drew met a child (Quinn) who has the same condition as Marty - Prune Belly Syndrome - and the two men connected over lunch to chat about it.

They became fast friends, and have been the Dynamic Duo ever since their first meeting on January 6 in 2012.

Now, years later -- a big event will take place on that same day.

Prune Belly Syndrome is is a rare, genetic birth defect that causes a partial or complete lack of abdominal wall muscles. A few months ago, Marty learned his kidneys were failing. The friends learned quickly that Drew is a perfect match, and they set up the organ donation process.

"Everything just aligned to us so perfectly that I don't think it's meant to be any other way," Drew says.

On January 6 -- four years after their friendship blossomed -- they'll undergo the transplant surgery.

During their time as friends, Marty has launched and continued his work with the Project Scissor-Gait Foundation, which educates, promotes and provides research and funding opportunities for people affected with similar conditions, and helps them live more productive lives.

If you'd like to make a donation to aid Marty and Drew in the surgery, you can do so here. 

If you'd prefer to mail a check, please address to:

Martin Sheedy
2300 17th St., 
Detroit, MI 48216

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 2, 2017

Posted on June 2, 2017

Hey all,

Thank you for all the love the last 9 months or so since learning that my kidney was failing. As most of you know, we ended up doing the Paired Donor program and Drew donated his kidney on April 14, 2017 and is mostly recovered. My surgery is TOMORROW and I am writing this from University of Michigan as I prepare. If you have already donated, please send me an address as I would really like to mail my thanks while I am recovering. Please share this if you campaign if you wish. Thanks again for your support, I am beyond excited to have all of this behind me.

Marty

Posted on April 7, 2017

Posted on April 7, 2017

Hey everybody--

First off, thanks to everybody who has supported us so far. As many know, the surgery was postponed from January 6th and we will now be doing a paired donation. My surgery is scheduled for April 14th, and Drew's will be April 20th. Just one week out... I want to extend a thank you and for those who have donated, or those who wish to-- please send us your address as we would like to send out personal thank you's during our recovery time.

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