Thursday, 7 February 2019

Anyone can donate a kidney for
Jonathan Kalmakoff

Our very productive, passionate, award winning, genealogist-historian Jonathan Kalmakoff needs a working kidney.

In 2002 he was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD), an inherited disease. In 2015 he began to cut back on activities, and by 2018 required dialysis which he is doing daily at home.

He also needs our financial support to raise his 3 kids and to continue to add to the thousands of articles, names, locations, ancestries and records posted on his Doukhobor Genealogy Website and Doukhobor Message Board since 1999. Jon is still young and only about half done with his research. Don't let him stop.

The USCC announced Jon's dilemma during the 2018 Christmas Eve program, also on live stream video December 24, with other announcements projected on the large screen using images from his websites. See the video segment at time 57:21 to 58:35. A month later his former home town newspaper published an article about his illness. Jon lives and works in Regina, 240 km southwest of Canora.
Though several of his friends and family members offered to be living donors and were disqualified, anyone can donate a kidney for Jonathan.

The Kidney Paired Donation (KPD) Program of Canada allows anyone to donate a kidney to any recipient, whether or not their kidneys match, and from anyplace in the world.

The KPD Program increases the probability for people in need of a kidney transplant, like Jon, to be restored to better health, and saved from death.

If your kidney is incompatible (not a match) for Jon, your kidney data goes into the Canadian Transplant Registry (CTR), a database that matches your kidney to the best recipient (not Jon), and a different kidney from the registry goes to Jon. It's like if one puts money in a bank in BC to give to someone who takes the money out in SK. We know it's not exactly the same money, but the value is the same. Meanwhile, the money you deposited in BC gets circulated to other people.


On the average, 4 to 5 people get a kidney due to the chain of transplants from 1 donated kidney.

People who donate a kidney can live normal lives with only one kidney because "...the single normal kidney will increase in size to compensate for the loss of the donated kidney." Recovery after surgery varies. See What to Expect After Donation. To donate a kidney, contact your provincial organ donor office. More than 99% do not regret donating their kidney. Best of all, Jon will be your buddy for life.

If you cannot donate your kidney, please donate a few dollars to support his research costs.


Update 19 February 2019

A "Prayer Circle Service for Jonathan Kalmakoff was conducted during the DSSC Conference held on 16 February 2019 in Saskatoon.


Update 27 February 2019

On his Facebook page, Jon shared a photo of him on dialysis, pleads for more organ donors, and links to Canadians are Dying Because Our Organ Donation Rate is Dismally Low, by David Suzuki, The Nature of Things, CBC-TV, September 16, 2017.


Update 13 March 2019

From The Canora Courier, 11 January 2019:
National Gallery of Saskatchewan brings artistic presence to Canora
Jon Kalmakoff, formerly of Canora, commissioned the work after receiving a gift certificate from his mother Oney Pollock of Canora. Kalmakoff wrote "The Doukhobor Trading Company in Canora" series which was previously featured in the Canora Courier [in 5 parts during March 2018, and in Iskra].
After Kalmakoff took ill there was some concern over whether he would be able to cover the full cost of the painting. But his sister Janna Kalmakoff started a fundraiser and the full $1,500 had been raised by Christmas.

Update 22 March 2019

CTV News Regina, May 22, 2019

Father of three pleads for kidney donor, by Cally Stephanow, CTV News Regina, May 22, 2019. —  After a 30 second commercial, Jon and his daughters are interviewed.

Details

Note: Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley were awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in economic science for developing the algorithms that are required to match large numbers of donors and recipients in KPD. See their math: Massó, Jordi. The theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design. The Nobel Prize in Economics 2012 for Alvin E. Roth and Lloyd S. Shapley, Contributions to Science 11:103-112 (2015)

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Q82 — Does Our Civilization Have a Future?

From a Russian scholar, Moscow, Russian Federation.

Дорогой Кузьма!
Вот и еще один год прошел, пролетел, подхваченный ветром времён. И наступает новый 2019 год - таинственный и немного страшный, потому что жить в этом мире становится всё страшнее и страшнее. Ощущение приближающейся 3 Мировой войны становится всё более явственным. Мне кажется, что мы все никогда не были от нее так близко. Это ощущение постоянно рождает в голове мысль: а надо ли вообще что-то делать, к чему-то стремиться и чего-то добиваться, если все в один момент может исчезнуть, и тогда ничего и никому будет уже не нужно. На меня эта мысль действует очень плохо, хотя вопреки ей я стараюсь продолжать работать.

My Translation:

Dear Koozma!
So another year has passed, it flew by, caught up by the wind of times. And the new year 2019 is coming — mysterious and a bit scary, because living in this world is getting more and more dangerous. The feeling of the approaching World War 3 is becoming more pronounced. It seems to me that we have never been so close to this. This feeling constantly gives birth to the idea: is it necessary to do something at all, to strive for something and to achieve something, if everything can disappear in one moment and then nothing will be necessary for anyone. This thought has a very bad effect on me, although in spite of it I try to keep working.


In 2019, The Doomsday Clock reaffirmed
the "two minutes to midnight" time.
Koozma’s Answer

I agree and have extensively written about our future (list below).

A similar view was expressed in (‘We’re Headed To War With Russia, and No One Seems to Care’, Russia Insider, March 26, 2018).

How can I give hope and optimism to my Russian friend in 2019 when The Doomsday Clock by concerned scientists warn us of eminent danger of nuclear weapons to our civilization, when many politicians continue to rely on NATO to protect their empires, and when the US threatens world peace with its rage for endless wars? With the New Cold War in process, fueled by the military industrial complex and elites drunk with making money from the killing field, what hope can we provide to ensure a real future for humanity? Let’s remember that the former Soviet Union lost over 27 million citizens in fighting the Nazi invaders. We need to respect Russia because it won the war at great cost to protect our world from destruction.

We all need to Wake Up, Become Educated and Act Humanly to save our beautiful world from catastrophe.

2018 October 13 — World Beyond War Conference 2018, Toronto, Ontario, September 21-22.
2018 May 9 — Celebrating a World Without Wars : Russian Victory Day
2018 April 4 — Issues for the World Peace Forum
2018 March 17 — Peace Networking with Professor Beissel
2017 November 13 — Remember peace and nuclear disarmament on ‘Remembrance Day’
2017 August 9 — Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembered — What are we waiting for?
2017 May-August — What I Have Learned From Peace Activism in the World