Hey, I'm Jason. I'm a chronically-ill-super-freedom-loving-medical-self-journalist.
With the help of my friend Kirsten, the “I Need a Kidney” message is traveling, via t-shirt, from Jacksonville, Florida to New York City today. This is pretty exciting. Visit the I Wear Your Shirt site, and you learn about another Jason. Jason Stadler is a pretty darn smart web design company owner and marketing pioneer. His premise is as simple as mine … he simply wears your shirts. Today, Jason is wearing a shirt with this modest blog across the chest. He’ll also be posting video and blog posts. Check out the daily update page here.
From someone who, up until recently, believed that my battle was mine to fight alone – it’s a strange and humbling experience to imagine my message traveling on its own. My little life out there, making a name for itself. Our message … the one of all of us who are searching for a kidney, living on dialysis or just dealing with kidney disease are all too familiar with. This misunderstood and under-publicized, but growing disease (a predicament?) feels like its finally getting its moment in the spotlight.
I woke up wondering where the shirt was and … were people looking at it? Are they writing the address down? How many people see a shirt as it passes through a couple of airports – and then Times Square? I suppose these are all answerable questions, people track this kind of information for a living. I chose English as a major (Creative Writing, no less) so I can’t say how advertising follows numbers like this. I must admit though, it’s much more fun to just daydream about it, to just simply wonder all day long.
So, if you’ve seen the shirt today and decided to visit, thank you. I would love to hear where you saw it, what drove you to visit – leave a comment. My message is pretty simple – it’s on the shirt. I need a kidney. Here’s a link to another part of this blog where you can actually take action. I’d love it if you’d consider donating a kidney to me, but just spreading the word is more than I’d ever asked before. For whatever action you take (and the action you took today to visit), I am forever grateful.