DARIEN, Conn. -- Edward "Tim" Brown, a baseball lover who has been active in the Darien Little League for many years, is now asking for the community for help.
Brown, who is battling liver cancer for the third time, says his best chance at beating the disease is to have a liver transplant within the next two months. For transplant patients, this is an incredibly short period of time to find a living liver donor, Brown's friends said on the Little League's Facebook page .
His friends are asking others to share that Facebook post in hopes of finding Brown a liver in time.
Brown is also the co-founder with Alfred E. Smith IV of Hackers For Hope, a group that raises money for cancer research. Brown and Smith started the group while they were undergoing cancer treatments, to help raise money for cancer patients and research by holding an annual golf tournament. Since it was formed in 1988, the group has raised millions to help fund local cancer research and treatment centers.
For those interested in helping with the Brown's transplant search, the following criteria must be met in order for a candidate to be evaluated:
- O+ or O- blood type
- 18 to 55 years old
- men should be 6 feet or taller
- women should be at least 5-foot-10
- BMI less than or equal to 30 (BMI 30-35 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
- No major medical projblems
- No active psychological disorders
- No active history of alcohol or substance abuse
- Health insurance, strongly recommended
- No history of blood clots
A healthy liver will regenerate in both the donor and the recipient about six weeks. The donor would spend five days in the hospital and recuperate for several weeks at home.
If you are interested in donating, contact Yale’s referral line at 1-866-925-3897 to register as a potential living liver donor for Edward D. Brown.
Click here for a link to Yale-New Haven Hospital Liver transplant program.
Click here for a link to the American Society of Transplant Surgeons information video.
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