Kidney transplant man Jim tackles cycle marathon
A man who received a life-saving kidney transplant is cycling from London to Paris to raise cash for the charity that helped him with his illness.In 2007 Jim Moore, a 41-year-old dairy farmer from Winfarthing, was diagnosed with acute kidney failure.
A man who received a life-saving kidney transplant is cycling from London to Paris to raise cash for the charity that helped him with his illness.
In 2007 Jim Moore, a 41-year-old dairy farmer from Winfarthing, was diagnosed with acute kidney failure.
He was forced to spend three days a week at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in dialysis to remove the toxins from his blood that his kidneys could not.
Within months three members of his family had offered to donate one of their own kidneys, and his father's was found to be the best match.
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But after losing two stone in preparation for the operation, his dad was 'let off the hook' when a kidney from a deceased donor was found in 2008.
Now that he is fully recovered he is planning a 300-mile cycle ride from London to Paris to raise cash for Kidney Research.
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'I've done quite a lot of training, and now that the weather's getting a bit better I'm up to 70 miles a day,' he said.
'I thought I'd like to give something back to show how it's changed my life.'
He said that without Kidney Research he would not be alive now.
'They only started doing dialysis in the late 70s. Before then, it you had what I had, you just died,' he said.
Mr Moore hopes that the UK will bring in a system where people have to opt-out of being an organ donor, rather than the current situation where people have to register.
'It's important. Sign up and you can change peoples' lives. One signature can save peoples' lives,' he said.
It is also important for people to visit the doctor quickly if they think something is wrong.
'You're not invincible, if you think there's something wrong with you, get yourself checked out before it's too late,' he said.
Mr Moore has a fundraising target of �1,500 for the ride which will begin on June 30, and has already raised over �1,200.
To donate towards the fundraising effort visit www.kidneyresearchukevents.org/jim.