| MIKE WALLACE HAS FOUND HIS DONOR !
kidney successfully transplanted January 5, 2016
| Here's Mike, March 2016, just 8 weeks post surgery. He is doing
just great and we continue to be forever thankful to Steve Rylander, Mike's
donor, and the entire transplant team at Yale-New Haven Hospital !!
(If the audio doesn't start
automativally, Two files may show up, click "OPEN"on the top one.) The
interview is missing part of the first half, so it is picked up
Both Mike and
Steve share a common interest; motorcycles. They will soon ride together
| The article below appeared in
the 1/7/16 edition of the Republican American. Thank you, Bud Wilkinson for all
your help !! Thanks also to Jeff Zeiner, WZBG and Cable 5 News for his constant
| The article below appeared in
today's Republican American. (1/1/16)Thank you Bud Wilkinson for all your work
and for your excellent and compassionate reporting. Most importantly, thank you
for helping to save our son's life !!! Jack & Jean Wallace
|Mike Wallace, 1982
Lewis S Mills graduate and owner of Torringtons SouthworthsDiscount
Furniture, suffered kidney failure several years ago, has been on dialysis for
nearly 3 years, and was in urgent need of a donor.
After some near misses, a gentleman..a
living angel...an unbelievable human being... named Steve Rylander, came in to
Mikes store and asked to speak with him in private. Steve announced that
he wanted to be Mikes donor, had already completed all tests at
Yale-New Haven Hospital, and was ready to go !
Mikes prayers, and all those of his friends
and family had been answered ! Surgery is scheduled for January, 2016. Thank
you to all who sent your prayers, your support, and have spread the word over
the last 5 months. There are no words to express the gratitute that Mike and
his family feel at this moment.
Now comes the reality of the financial burden associated with such a
major surgery. Mikes friends and family have established a fund raising
website to help Mike with the estimated $20,000 in out-of-pocket costs, just
during 2016. Thankfully, the donor's surgery, drugs, checkups, and all medical
costs are fully covered by the hospital. While Steve has asked for nothing, he
will lose some wages due to being out of work during his recovery time. Mike
intends to help him recover some of that loss.
help Mike recover, both physically and financially. Please go to:
Steve Rylander, life saver !! "We can
make this world a better place, one person at a time".
| About STEVE RYLANDER,
Mike's Donor, in his own words: "Hi Jack, I was born in Torrington. I have two
older brothers, one younger brother and two younger sisters, so six of us all
I have been an avid motorcyclist since the age of 12 when my
uncle taught me how to ride a 250 BSA (British Motorcycle). I never looked
back. Got my motorcycle endorsement when I was sixteen. That's pretty much my
hobby, riding and working on motorcycles.
My parents always taught me from a very young age that it isn't always about
you, yourself as a person as some other people always have it worse then you,
and you should look to those people who need help.
My parents as most parents
do sacrificed a lot of themselves for us and I always saw that. So I guess in
just in me its my nature. I needed to try to help Mike. I have been blessed
throughout my life with firstly good health and other worldly gifts that yes
some I prayed for and a lot of things I did not pray for, just fortunate.
have four healthy grown children. Steve, the oldest, Caitlin and Cassie....they
are twins! And then there is Seth. Sometimes in my quiet moments I almost cry
quietly because I am so proud of all of them, what great men and women they all
are and how kind and giving they are as well.
I have seven grand
children and one on the way!
So I see Mike's write up
in the Register Citizen and it was strange. No other thought process entered my
mind. I just knew I was going to make that initial phone call to see if I could
possibly be a donor match and help Mike to get healthy again. I thought, well
it probably won't work out, but I'll give it my best shot.
After the initial
screening I was invited down to Yale New Haven and here we are today on the
cusp of getting the transplant done and get Mike's health back to where he can
survive and enjoy his life once again.
I heard someone say "We
can make this world a better place one person at a time". I thought it was kind
of corny....maybe impossible. But if one person sees you helping out another
person, we just have to pray that will be contagious. Maybe in their quiet
moments, they will see that this is the way we, as humans, are truly meant to
be. Not to kill one another, be mean to each other or to be jealous of one
another and pick each other apart.
I am only human and catch
myself being at fault for one of the above mentioned faults. Then I feel guilty
and pray that I don't do it again! At least I try to be the best that I can
be."......and Steve, you ARE the best !!!!
you, Steve ! My cat and I owe you the world !!
| The information below
is the initial website used, as we started our search for a
| Website designed and
produced by Mike's dad, Jack Wallace......July 2015
| MIKE WALLACE - KIDNEY DONOR NEEDED
| My name is
Jack Wallace. I have created this web site on behalf of our son, Mike, who,
after nearly 3 years on dialysis is now in urgent need of a
kidney. Please consider becoming a donor for Mike,
asap. Simply call the Yale-New Haven Hospital Donor Hotline at 866..925..3879
and let them know that you are inquiring about becoming a donor for Michael
Wallace, Torrington. Please note that your call is completely confidential. All
testing costs and more, are covered by the hospital. Without a new kidney, we
will lose Mike. Please come forward. Please share this site and its link, to
all you know, and we ask for your prayers everyday. Thank
Here is an update (11/22/15) to
Mike's story, with a most unique twist, beautifully written by Bud Wilkinson,
Republican-American newspaper. Thank you, Bud !
| And this nice story below, most of which aired on
WZBG via Jeff Zeiner. Thank you WZBG !!! Jeff also updated his story with the
Tim Sparks attempt to donate.
|Long-Time Torrington Business
Owner in Need of Kidney Transplant
Mike Wallace, owner of Southworths'
Furniture, suffered kidney failure several years ago, and is now in urgent need
of a donor. In spite of his daily requirement to be on dialysis, Mike has
continued to run his business every day, until a few months ago when he
suffered a series of setbacks. He has recovered from those and is back running
the business, but reality has set in. Now, he is asking for someone to come
forward, donate their kidney, and ultimately save his life. If a person would
like to be a donor, they must first be tested to see if they are a match. It's
a simple matter of a phone call, completing a questionnaire by phone or email,
and then taking a blood test locally. Yale-New Haven Hospital's Transplant unit
handles all the details and it is absolutely confidential. There is no cost to
the donor. The phone number at Yale is 866..925..3897. The person simply states
that they would like to be considered a donor for Michael Wallace, who is
enrolled in the YNH transplant program..