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Sharon’s Mountain Sisters hope to find kidney donor for Tahoe Vista resident

Special to the Sun

Sharon Filardo

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — A group of support women, Sharon's Mountain Sisters, are asking for your help. Our dear friend, Sharon Filardo, is in need of a kidney transplant as soon as possible. She has been diagnosed with a kidney disease called Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS).

According to the Mayo Clinic website,, FSGS is a disease in which scar tissue develops on the parts of the kidneys that filter waste out of the blood (the glomeruli). FSGS can be caused by a variety of conditions. Without treatment, primary FSGS will usually lead to kidney failure where the only treatment options are dialysis or kidney transplant.

Sharon is a retired school teacher of 32 years and has given back to our community in numerous ways through charitable organizations and volunteering. Her husband, Phillip, is a retired policeman of 22 years. Sharon currently resides in Tahoe Vista, and she needs your help to find a 21- to 55-year-old living kidney donor, with eligible blood types: O, O+, or O-.

Due to her disease, Sharon has had to slow down and manage her energy carefully. She is hopeful she will be able to stay strong and healthy enough for a successful transplant surgery when a donor is located. She stays very positive about her future.

Phillip and Sharon realize what a significant request they are making and want to sincerely thank you as you assist them on this journey.


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There is no cost to the donor for the testing or for the transplant procedure. All expenses will be covered by the recipient and her insurance.

If you are a compatible match through blood screening, you will go to U.C. Davis for a final evaluation. The potential recipient and her husband will be more than willing to accompany you to U.C. Davis Transplant Center.

Average life expectancy of an organ from a deceased donor is 10-11 years; however, the average life expectancy of an organ from a live donor is 20 plus years.

Dialysis is an option but, it will decrease the life of the donated kidney. It will be used if needed to keep her healthy until a donor is located. Dialysis is typically the only option for patients who do not qualify for a transplant.

Contact Sharon at, 408-314-1712 or call Sharon Stencel, at U.C. Davis, 916-734-3295.

A small group of women, in an effort to provide Sharon Filardo support, formed a group called SMS, Sharon's Mountain Sisters, to reach out and find help for their friend.