Josh is a 28 year old, husband, and father of 2 boys. He was diagnosed with FSGS in 2008. He has been seeing a Nephrologist ever since. Even with medications and healthy lifestyle choices, Josh was unable to maintain function of his kidneys. He was added to the transplant list in July 2013. His kidneys failed in May 2014 dropping to 6% function, resulting in emergency dialysis. He has been on dialysis for over a year.
Josh works full time as an assistant department manager at Washington County Machine Shop. Josh doesn't allow his kidney disease to stop or slow him down. He works very hard to provide for and be active with his family and friends. He coaches his boys baseball team, loves Georgia football, Braves baseball, golf, and fishing. He goes to the gym several days a week to maintain his health as much as possible. At this time he is still able to continue to work full time.
Josh is on Home Hemo dialysis. This means that he does dialysis 6 days a week (3 days on, 1 day off). Each dialysis session lasts roughly 3 hours and takes a toll on his body. Due to his and his wife's work, and boys schedules, dialysis is largely done in the evenings. This does make for much longer days for Josh and puts even more strain and stress on his body. Josh would benefit from a kidney transplant because it would allow him to enjoy a healthy life again and help to restore his quality of life as well. Dialysis is a temporary solution to FSGS and other forms of End Stage Renal Failure. There are many negative side effects as well. Many of which over the last year we have dealt with.
Josh is A+ blood type. He can receive a kidney from blood types A+, A-, O+, and O-. Josh is also currently registered at both Georgia Regents University (GRU) Augusta, GA transplant program and Emory University Atlanta, GA transplant program. Information for both are listed below. If you are interested in becoming a living donor for Josh contact either location. When calling you need to tell the transplant coordinator that you are interested in becoming a living donor for Josh McCoy and give them his date of birth 5/5/87. Both centers also participate in the Kidney Paired Donation Program. More information can be found at www.unos.org
Georgia Regents University Medical Center (GRU) Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program
(706) 721-2888 or (800) 736-2278 ext. 2888
Emory Transplant Center
We are blessed and thankful for all that are interested in spreading the word and helping to find Josh a kidney!!
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or are interested in becoming a donor. It can either be done through this page or through Josh McCoy or Ashley Brett McCoy on Facebook.