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Welcome to Brian Marshall's Page

HI EVERYONE!  Yes, if you haven't already heard, Brian has been lured into the exciting world of Dancing with the Stars.  Event co-chairs Senator Robert Meza and Karrin Kunasek Taylor (the veteran culprits) assure him that his reputation will stay intact...politicians and zoning attorneys sure can be persuasive!  As the only donor/recipient in this year's event, Brian hopes to inspire others to consider becoming kidney donors.

Dancing with the Stars is one of the premiere annual events in the Valley.  The celebrity dancers and approx 1,000 attendees include elected officials, business leaders, sports stars, and media personalities.  And this year's event will be bigger than ever as the AZ Kidney Foundation celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

OK, so now you're wondering "what can I do"?...

Brian's goals...

  • Inspire others to consider donating a kidney (almost 90,000 people in the US are on a waiting list right now).
  • Inspire 3 table purchases ($5,000 x3).
  • Find sponsors for 3 additional tables for his father and family to attend ($5,000 x 3).  Or 25 seats ($500 per seat).
  • Receive other donations with a combined total of $25,000 to $50,000.

Here's what we've done so far!!...

Tables (other) 2 tables
Tables (for family) 0 tables
Seats (for family) 16 seats
Other Donations $4,450
Combined Total $22,450


Check out Jerry's New Life

Here's Our Story

About 3 years ago, while living in Australia, Brian and his wife Karen learned about his dad’s (Jerry’s) rapid decline in kidney function.  With a very large family and many friends, Jerry received an outpouring of volunteers willing to provide the needed kidney.  Brian’s brother Jeff said it best:  “You didn’t have seven kids for nothing!”

After preliminary tests Down Under, Brian’s kidney was thought to be a potential match…but more tests were required in Arizona.  To potentially avoid two separate trips from Australia, the Mayo Clinic thankfully scheduled additional tests and a tentative surgery date within weeks of one another.  The Arizona Transplant House at the Mayo Clinic also provided lodging for Brian and Karen for the entire trip to the US.

In early March 2010, Brian’s kidney was found to be a match, and the transplant successfully occurred one week later.

Post-transplant, Jerry continues to be “off the charts” healthy and spends his time doing business development for a national health care company and also volunteering at the Mayo Clinic as a courtesy golf cart driver and team leader.  Brian and Karen have recently returned to the Valley and are thoroughly enjoying the Arizona lifestyle.

Kidney Donation...Before and After
Our friends say...
5/8/2013Wow Brian - can you believe it - I stopped using my yahoo account and then after a year or so I was going through things and logged in and I have found this amazing story and I am deeply moved by what you are doing. I found it so inspirational and thank you for sharing your story but also how you are contributing to an extremely worthwhile cause. by the way I never knew you could dance!!!! Jeannette Flynn
2/19/2013Brian, what an amazing connection you and your father have. I love that not only did you donate a kidney to your father, but you are now helping so many more individuals by donating your time and talents to help raise money and awareness for the Kidney Foundation. It has been wonderful getting to know you and seeing you at the dance studio, you are going to win everyone over with your dance!Stephanie Sandor
1/31/2013Brian and Jerry -- You are the leaders we aspire to be: Courageous, Generous, Inspirational. You set the bar very high. Your commitment to the cause of kidney donation, and your personal gifts -- Brian's gift of a kidney to Jerry, and Jerry's pledge to honor his precious gift by giving back in the community -- are life lessons for us all. Congrats!Lynn Closway
1/18/2013Oh my goodness. I am so inspired by both of you. Brian's selfless love fro his dad, Uncle Jerry's grittiness to put up the good fight. I am so impressed that you both now want to give back the community. I love you both so very much. Love, SheriSheri Marshall Siwek
1/17/2013Hi Brian, what an inspiring call to action. Congratulations on the impact your gift has made to your dad and the confidence it will provide to the many other potential donors and recipients to come and follow in your footsteps. Go knock them out....not literally though! Do they let Aussies vote?!Michael Kingston and the Kingston Financial Team
1/17/2013It has been such an honor getting to know you and your Father. You are truly an exceptional person and I applaud you for your dancing efforts and your committment to raisinng funds for The Kidney Foundation! Wishing you all the very best. DanaDana Cummings
1/3/2013What a brave wonderful true story of two brave strong men. I will be voting for you Brian. I have faith that you will not trip over your shadow.... Even if you do you are a winner! Best of everything to both of you and your beautiful family.Donna O'Rourke
12/17/2012Brian!!! You are a star! I'm sure your life has been enriched as much as your dad's health has improved. I'm glad both of you are well. Can't wait to see you on television!Gabriel Jiang
12/12/2012Brian, you're an inspiration! Good luckAnkita Kothari
12/12/2012Congratulations Brian! I hope you win - but I think you are already a winner. Glad to know you. ~KimberlyKimberly Loffer Coerr
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