Our Friend Clyde

#OurFriendClyde

Former Revolution midfielder Clyde Simms retired from professional soccer in early 2014 because of his battle with kidney disease.

While he was one of MLS’ most consistent players for nine seasons during his time with D.C. United and the Revs, kidney disease ended Simms’ career that also included a look by the U.S. National Team.

Clyde’s disease - Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) – has now progressed to the point that he needs a kidney transplant.

The usual waiting time for a suitable kidney match is about four years, and many people on the waiting list don’t have that long before needing to go on dialysis – including Clyde.

Kidney disease is more prevalent than you think, with 26 million people in the U.S. affected during their lifetime, so many more people than just Clyde need your help.

 

In Clyde’s Words

“I’ve never really talked about this because I always chose the mind over matter approach, but my health has gotten to a point where I can no longer do that. When I was a freshman in high school, we discovered that I suffered from FSGS, the same kidney disease as Alonzo Mourning. When I started playing with D.C., my kidney function was around 50 percent, and the last three years of my career, it has gotten down to about 20 percent.

"I fell in love with this sport at a young age and was determined not to let anything stop me. Unfortunately, for the past 10 years I have been dealing with kidney disease and it has become too tough for me to compete at this level anymore. I made sure for as long as I could I would still fight for my dream, my passion. I was very lucky to have had such a great run, but now it’s time to fight another battle.”

Have a question or want to share a personal story with Clyde? He’ll be checking and answering emails sent to: clyde.kidney@gmail.com

 

Kidney Donations

Kidney donations come in two forms: from a live donor or from a deceased donation.

A deceased donation comes from people who designate themselves as organ donors, be it on their drivers licenses, through alerting family of their final wishes or through legal documents.

Living donors are people who are living and decide to donate a kidney to someone in need, either a family member or friend, or a stranger in need.

 

Becoming a Living Donor

People interested in donating a kidney first need to contact a donation center and be tested. To be tested to see if you are a match to help Clyde – or other people waiting for a kidney match – please contact:

Massachusetts General Hospital’s Living Donor Program
(617) 643-7193

Help Prevent Kidney Disease

Kidney disease is greatly affected by high blood pressure and diabetes, so living a healthy lifestyle is important.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting regular exercise goes a long way in preventing or managing kidney disease, so it’s important to include healthy habits in your life.

 

Get 3 Simple Tests

Kidney disease is a silent killer as many people with the early stages of the disease don’t know they have it.

Knowing to ask your doctor to perform three simple tests is the first step in knowing if you’re at risk:

More Information

For more information about kidney disease, check out the resources below: