Published: December 12th, 2011

Category: CMN Ambassador Stories, Patient Stories

Calvin possesses a truly magnetic personality. His charm draws in all in which he encounters. Everyone is always intrigued by his never-ending energy. This is most impressive for a young man who has endured more in his short life than most do over the course of an entire lifetime.

Calvin received a kidney transplant after spending many long days in pediatric dialysis at Shands Children’s Hospital. Calvin underwent dialysis for his renal disease several times a week. Each dialysis session lasted several hours. This was certainly not the way most boys look forward to spending their days and afternoons. But, Calvin always made the best of it and made light of the situation. He even wrote his own song titled, “I’ve Got the Dialysis Blues”.

Eventually, Calvin received a new kidney from his own mother. After many years of waiting and making sure Calvin was ready to receive the kidney from his mother, both underwent surgery and the transplant was a success. Their story truly embodies one of sacrifice, love and selflessness.

Today, Calvin is as energetic as ever and he enjoys singing, playing video games and running outside.