My name is Kathy Blackwell. My husband, Willie Blackwell, needs a new kidney. We have been married for 38 years. We have three children and four grandchildren. We have both been volunteer Christian ministers for over 30 years working with youth and married couples. Willie has been giving and helping people all his life and now he needs help to stay alive, to continue to help others, to enjoy his grandchildren and to see his two daughters get married one day. Willie has been told that his one and only kidney has kidney disease and is functioning at only 15% and unfortunately Willie lost his other kidney in 1999 to kidney cancer. Willie is a former NFL player with Washington, Buffalo, and Kansas City. He has done Chapel Services for several NFL teams. He also was a volunteer Chaplain for Morris Brown College, his alma mater, and was Clark Atlanta’s football chaplain for over 10 years. In 1995, Governor Zell Miller gave Willie a top Literacy Award for his volunteer literacy services at Dobbs International Food Service – now called Gategournmet Food Service. He started a GED, ESL and reading program for the employees of Gategournmet so they could improve their literacy skills nationwide.
Willie desperately needs a new kidney. We are asking his family, friends, and community to please help. You can contact Leaanne Whitehead, Transplant Coordinator at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, at 404-605-4605. Time is crucial for Willie to receive a kidney match to prolong his life. Willie’s birthday is 2/01/54 and his blood type is 0+. Thank you so much for your support.