Written by Jamie Buschman, Chef Partner, Roy’s Baltimore
My father William Buschman was 28 years old when he was diagnosed with diabetes. Unfortunately this disease caused other problems for him late in life. At 42 years old he lost his sight completely, and months later he was told he had kidney failure. Both kidneys stopped working, I was about 12 years old and had watched my father fight so many obstacles.
As a family we learned how to make it through day by day with doctor appointments and dialysis. I learned the hardships that people and their loved ones go through daily to survive, to live another day while waiting for a transplant. My father was very blessed to receive a call the day before Easter in 2001. The next day he had received a kidney from a young boy from Louisiana. I am thrilled to share that 18 years later he still has the kidney and is keeping busy building amazing furniture. It’s an honor to be part of the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland & Delaware’s Santé A Taste of Baltimore event. They have helped my family and so many others. Their help and support to those trying to make it another day, lightens the load of the world from their shoulders. I’m proud to be a part of this opportunity because the NFKMDDE has done so much to help raise money and spread their generosity to those in rough situations. I am glad that Roy’s has provided an outlet of support for a cause that I am so passionate about.
To learn more about the event, to register to participate, visit http://www.kidneymd.org!