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U.S. Marine Sgt.Jake Chadwick Needs a Kidney Type O

Victoria Chadwick's husband, U.S. Marine Sgt. Jake Chadwick, was deployed to Iraq in 2008. During Jake's deployment, Victoria volunteered all her free time at Operation Gratitude, and became an instant and beloved member of the Operation Gratitude family.

Jake returned safely from Iraq and they both joined us at the armory for the 2009 Patriotic Drive. Jake and Victoria moved to Camp Pendleton and happily began their married life together. We were thrilled to learn they had a beautiful baby girl in October, 2010: Ella Marie Chadwick!

However, one week later, Jake was hospitalized with kidney failure and was immediately put on dialysis. There is no known cause and he must now be on dialysis 4 hours a day, three days per week to stay alive.

Jake, Victoria and Ella's only hope to return to a normal life is for Jake to receive a kidney transplant, preferably from a living donor with Blood Type O.

Please watch the NBC4 News video interview with Jake and Victoria here: Iraq Veteran Needs a Transplant

Read Dennis McCarthy's article in the LA Daily News here: Marine Who Served in Iraq Needs a Kidney

You can read more about Jake's story written by his mother here: Jake Needs a Kidney

If you or someone you know can help, please contact Victoria at jvechadwick10@hotmail.com

At the very least, please forward this email to your distribution list and ask them to forward to theirs so we can help this brave young Marine and his family. They have served our nation with honor. Let us show them our gratitude by helping them at this critical time in their lives.

Thank you!

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In death, young Marine Nicknamed “Superman” gives life to. Jacob “Jake” Chadwick

In death, young Marine gives life to comrade

By The Associated Press
Wednesday, August 17, 2011





PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Nicknamed “Superman” because of his chiseled 6-foot-3 frame, Marine Lt. Patrick Wayland saved his most heroic act for last. He donated a kidney to a comrade he never met.
Wayland, a flight student at Pensacola Naval Air Station, died earlier this month after his heart stopped beating during water survival training. He was already an organ donor, but while on life support, his family decided they wanted to help a fellow Marine.
A doctor who treated the 24-year-old Wayland searched the Internet for “Marine needing transplant” and found a website for Sgt. Jacob “Jake” Chadwick, who was stationed on the other side of the country at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Chadwick had a serious kidney disease and was undergoing dialysis, four hours each day. He and Wayland were about the same age, and after several tests, doctors said they were a match.
“He has given me a second chance at life,” Chadwick, 23, said Tuesday.
Wayland decided he wanted to become a pilot and attend the Naval Academy after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He was a top high school student, athlete and involved in his community of Midland, Texas, according to his father. But he didn’t get an academy appointment on his first try and went to Texas Tech. He was accepted to the academy the next year.
He had recently taken his first solo flight as a Marine flight student. He sent a text message to his father, David Wayland, as he was waiting on the runway.
“He did accomplish that goal,” David Wayland said. “He had done his preliminary flight instruction and his solo flight. I joked with him that if he didn’t make it make back, we would give his room to his sister.”
When Wayland was taken to the hospital Aug. 1, friends and family spent four days at his bedside before he was declared brain dead.
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