How a Firefighter Fought for his Kidney

Caregiver and kidney donor

After a career of 37 years in Fire Service saving other people’s lives and possessions — Firefighter, Fire Marshall, and Chief of Emergency Services at a university– John Garcia was locked in a battle with CKD for his own life. He didn’t have anything but flu symptoms when his doctor called up and said, “Get to the hospital, your kidneys are failing!” Listen to this latest KidneyTalk show podcast for the story of John’s heroic fight for his life, his experience with home hemodialysis, and the moving story about the roles his son and daughter played as caregiver and kidney donor. A very special KidneyTalk show!


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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