Celebrating 35 Years and Counting


Are you old enough to remember Woodstock ? Do you know what you were doing the week of Woodstock (assuming you weren’t at the concert, that is)? A die-hard rock-n-roll fan, Charles Rosenberg remembers quite well.

On KidneyTalk this week, Lori and Stephen visit with Charles, a living legend in the kidney community. In 1971 he received a cadaveric kidney transplant and has just celebrated his 35th anniversary.

Listen in as Lori and Stephen discuss with Charles the ups, the downs, and the in-betweens on all the years of living with chronic kidney disease and transplantation and his 35 year-old kidney transplant. Lori also asks about an important piece of legislation regarding organ donation that has been enacted in New York thanks to Charles.

Set your Internet dial to KidneyTalk and listen along with the rest of us as Charles shares with Lori and Stephen his secret to success of living this long with a transplant. He even reveals his favorite band of all time – something any true rock-n-roller would want to know!

If you’ve had a kidney transplant for more than 35 years, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you!

You can also listen to the podcast on iTunes.

With your Hosts…

Stephen Furst Stephen Furst got his big break into movies in “Animal House,” in which he played Flounder. Stephen has also starred as Dr. Elliot Axelrod in “St. Elsewhere” and as Vir Cotto in “Babylon5.” He is a successful television and movie producer/director and a kidney patient.


Lori Hartwell is the Founder & President of Renal Support Network (RSN) and the host of KidneyTalk®, a radio podcast show. Lori was diagnosed with kidney disease at the age of two. In 1993 she founded RSN to instill “health, happiness and hope” into the lives of those affected by chronic kidney disease. Lori is also the author of the inspirational bookChronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness and is a four-time kidney transplant recipient.

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