Get Marty: Let's help Ryan find a kidney

He's a husband and father and his kidneys are failing, that's where you can help.

This is important, we're talking life and death for a husband and father of two. Ryan Neve has been a friend of Get Marty for many years and he needs our help. Ryan's kidneys are failing and attempts to find a matching donor have failed so far.

Watch the video on this page to meet Ryan and his family as we band together to find a successful living donor.

(Left to right) Jackie, R.J., Daniella, Ryan, and (far right) Chet Neve with Marty Griffin.
(Left to right) Jackie, R.J., Daniella, Ryan, and (far right) Chet Neve with Marty Griffin. Photo credit Get Marty

For now, Ryan has to stay alive with the use of dialysis machines. Three days a week he's locked down in a chair at the clinic while machines do what his kidneys no longer can. They clean and filter his blood. Every week the strain on Ryan's body grows and he starts to weaken further.

Ryan's brother Chet was the first close match and it was almost a go until doctors had to rule him out. Ryan and his wife Jackie have two amazing kids who are spreading the word about their dad and they're using 10-year-old Daniella's 80,000+ TikTok followers to do it.

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Daniella and R.J. Neve are spreading the word for people to get tested as possible living donors for their father. Photo credit Get Marty

The only solution is a kidney transplant and the only way to speed up the process is with your help. Here's how to do it:

Visit UPMC Living Donor Registry and fill in the online form:

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Select "Kidney" from the organ list; Select "Donation to specific individual," "Yes" he is a patient at UPMC and he is an "Adult." Enter Recipient name: Ryan Neve. Once you submit the form you can expect someone from UPMC to reach out with next steps.

(UPMC) Who Can Be A Living Donor?

Living donors can be family members, friends, or even a stranger who is willing to help. A patient on the transplant list and their potential living donor don’t even need to have the same blood type.

To be a living donor, you need to be physically and mentally healthy, with no history of illnesses involving any major organs, as this could complicate surgery. To be a living-kidney donor, you need to be between the ages of 18 and 75.

If you have questions you can reach out to the experts at UPMC Transplant Services: 833-398-0285 (Mon-Fri 8a-5p)

Listen to Ryan Neve on the radio with Marty Griffin: