Publish Date: 10/27/2018
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa
Gary Burley was a tremendous defensive lineman in the NFL. He played 10 years for the Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons. Gary contributed hugely to Johnny Majors and Jackie Sherrill’s building the Pittsburgh Panthers college football program into a national champion. He would have been a great player to bet on when betting on football!
But what’s the most important thing to know about Gary Burley?
If you ever met him or talked to him, that would be easy. The most important thing to know about Gary is what a fine man he is. And beyond the football field, Gary is an asset to everybody he meets.
Since retiring from football, Gary has had to battle multiple health scares. He met them all with a smile and determination. Gary has fought through cancer but now faces another test. He needs a kidney.
Chronic kidney failure affects around 100,000 people a year and only around 17,000 get the kidney they so desperately need to continue to live. Most people in this situation would just be worried about themselves. Not Gary. He has been on a crusade to let everybody know about the dangers of kidney disease. His goal is to find himself a donor, but it is also to warn people how easily it could be them.
Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms of kidney disease.
Chronic kidney disease occurs when a disease or condition impairs kidney function, causing kidney damage to worsen over several months or years.
Diseases and conditions that cause chronic kidney disease include:
Factors that may increase your risk of chronic kidney disease include:
Chronic kidney disease can affect almost every part of your body. Potential complications may include:
To reduce your risk of developing kidney disease:
As I’ve written, Gary needs a kidney. Does donating a kidney increase the risk of getting sick? Exactly how safe is donating a kidney?
Giving a kidney to someone who needs a transplant is a very generous thing to do. But can it lead to kidney problems in the donor? Most people do not experience health problems as a result of a donation. A large study of the long-term effects of kidney donation had good news for people who donate kidneys. Doctors reported that living kidney donors can expect to live full, healthy lives. Donors had very few long-term health problems, in most cases. The study looked at almost 4,000 people who donate one of their two kidneys since 1963. Their long-term survival rate was similar to non-donors and they did not have an increased risk of kidney failure. Researchers at the University of Minnesota examined the long-term results for health diagnoses and causes of death. The living donation means that a living person donates a kidney to someone in need of a transplant. The donor is most often a close family member, such as a parent, child, brother or sister. A donor can also be a more distant family member, spouse, friend or co-worker. Non-directed donors, those who donate anonymously and do not know their recipients, are also becoming more common.
Kidney donors’ survival was similar to that of the general population when matched for age, sex, and race or ethnic group. Of 3,700 donors, the need for dialysis or transplant developed in only 11 donors, which is actually a lower rate than in the general population. Donors reported their quality of life was “excellent.”
Contact UAB Medical Center if you want to see if you are a match for Gary Burley. Specify Gary Burley and Gary’s birthdate 12-8-52
If you contact UAB and are not a match for someone else, there’s is a very good chance you could be a match for another person.
Jermaine Finger is one of those people that need help. Jermaine was the special team’s coach with the Owensboro Rage professional football team in 2013. He has needed a kidney since June of 2016. It’s desperation time for this good man.
He’s a B blood type. He is listed at IU Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. His living donor coordinator is Sharla Ping (800-382-4601) and his non-living donor transplant coordinator is Tina Ray (317-948-3248). Indiana University Health Kidney Transplant Unit recognizes Paired Donation(swap), so anyone can donate on his behalf.
Jermaine is a great guy who I have been friends with since 2012. He has a huge heart and is a special man. His DOB is 4/10/75. Thank You.