Boycott Watch
May 6, 2005
Boycott Watch Helped Save A Life
Summary: Boycott Watch successfully worked to help get Stuart Zimmer a desperately needed kidney transplant.
   In July of 2004, Boycott Watch was forwarded an impassioned email from a woman requesting people be tested to find a kidney donor to save the life of her husband. Boycott Watch was asked to validate the letter because of the many hoaxes circulating across the Internet, and after determining that the letter was legitimate, we decided to take action.

   Boycott Watch wanted to help circulate the letter, but a problem existed - such emails are generally ignored or taken as a hoax. To alleviate this problem, Boycott Watch decided to create a website to help spread the word, So, on July 23rd, 2004, Boycott Watch launched the website to help save the life of Stuart Zimmer, a devoted husband and father of three small children, the youngest being 5 months old.

   Boycott Watch posted updates as available, promoted the website and forwarded it friends on a regular basis, asking them for forward it to their friends. Our efforts paid off.

   After a long battle to find a kidney donor to save the life of 35 year old Stuart Zimmer, a compatible donor was found out of the more than 120 people tested. As a result, Stuart had a successful kidney transplant on April 28, 2005!

   The following is what is now posted at

   Stuart, his wife Jennifer, and their three children Zach, Sabre and Max would like to thank everyone who helped out in every way, including passing along the information, signing the guestbook, and getting tested. The family also thanks Fred Taub and Boycott Watch launching the website that helped get the word out to find a donor.

   Special thanks go to Regina Grebb of New York who is the donor as well as everyone at the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Regina hopes that this story will be an inspiration to people to get tested too. She urges you and everyone to get tested to see if you can help save a life too.

With love and appreciation,
Stuart, Jennifer, Zach, Sabre and Max Zimmer

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   My husband, Stuart Zimmer, is dying from kidney failure. We have three children: ages 4, 2 and 5 months. Stuart is suffering on dialysis and his doctors are unable to control his blood pressure, which is high enough to cause a stroke or worse. He is only 35 and otherwise fit & healthy. He desperately needs a kidney transplant to stay alive. So far, 30 friends, family and total strangers have been tested, but none were compatible. Since he had a previous surgery and blood transfusions, he is highly sensitized and difficult to match.

   Now, I am taking my appeal across the U.S. in hopes of getting a match for Stuart. I pray someone will read this and understand. Every day, 12 people die waiting for a donor. I don't want my precious husband to become a statistic.

   If you or anyone you know would consider being tested as a potential donor, call Columbia Presbyterian Hospital at 212-305-6469 and ask for Joan Kelly. You can also reach her at . The test is simple and free. If you do not hear back soon, call me. Often they are very busy, and don't get back to people as quickly as we would like. You can also email me: .

   Compatible donors should be between 18 and 65, in good health and have Type B or O blood. If you have high blood pressure, a blood disease or diabetes, you cannot donate. The donor's surgery is now very simple and laparoscopic. The donor is hospitalized for 2-3 days, with only a small "bikini line" incision. Most donors are back to work within a week with no dietary or lifestyle restrictions. There is no cost to the donor. You can live a long, healthy life with just one kidney! In fact, many people are born with just one.

   Please share this with friends, family and colleagues. With the right transplant, Stuart will have many more years to enjoy our babies and lead a full, productive life. In the meantime, please pray for everyone awaiting vital organs to live.

   Thank you with all my heart for reading this. Please contact me with any questions.

God bless you,
Jennifer Zimmer
(201) 825-9388
(201) 388-6289

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