Immediately below is Gaye’s personal appeal to pass on the word about his deteriorating health followed by the press release itself.
“Please forward this to all friends and family, I really appreciate the help and support from all who participate in the pursuit of helping me acquire a new kidney. As you know I’m in great need as my condition is deteriorating and it becomes more difficult to maintain any consistency of daily life activities or routines. Seeing as my productivity is at a standstill or a crawl it very important for me to seek a remedy so as I not only can continue my life’s mission but also to help others as well.” — Thank you and lots of love Marvin Gaye III
Marvin Gaye III, son of Marvin Gaye and Anna Gordy Gaye, went into kidney failure nearly 2 years ago. Renal failure—kidney failure—often brought on by diabetes, is devastating on the body, and often fatal within years of the failure. The best assistance that someone can offer the person in renal failure is the Gift of Life—donating one of their kidneys while they are alive to the person whose kidneys have failed. This is the difference between life and death for the person in renal failure. Marvin’s blood type is B+, however, one does not need to be B+ in order to be a match.
Prior to Marvin’s health issues becoming life threatening, he was working on his debut Album that will also showcase his legendary father’s socially prominent songs, bringing it to the new generation of kids. He intends to carry on his father’s legacy while establishing his own.
By aligning with First Lady Michelle Obama’s fitness and diet goals for The Youth of America, Marvin is currently establishing, The Marvin Gaye Foundation which will expand research and awareness of Diabetes in the African-American communities, along with bringing the Green Ribbon to Worldwide prominence.
Marvin’s kidney loss enables him to share with the world the importance of saving someone’s life by donating organs to someone in need. He knows firsthand what it did to his body when his kidneys failed, and how priceless it is when someone gives the Gift of Life—words can’t fully express it. He is making it a part of his life’s mission to educate people on donating organs to save someone’s life. This can be done through a live donation or to have your organs donated upon one’s death. Today, donating a kidney is simple . Unlike in the early days of kidney donations being major surgery for the donor, today the procedure is uncomplicated and no longer considered major surgery. The kidney is removed by laser through the belly button. People with high blood pressure, hypertension, diabetes, heart conditions, drug use or family history of kidney problems or failure, unfortunately, can’t be a donor.
Potential donors should know that being a kidney donor will not affect their health and there are no complications or adversity to their life. Many people have one kidney and don’t know it until an x-ray or an MRI shows it.
With the help and support of his loving wife, friends, family, community and the entertainment industry to find a kidney donor, Marvin will be able to complete his music and missions to help improve the lives of millions of others.
If you have any questions and/or want to donate Marvin Gaye III one of your kidneys, please call Marvin’s transplant coordinator, Jean Santos at UCLA at (310) 794-3419. If you would like to help in any way, you can also send an email to [email protected]. Please forward this information on and help us find a kidney donor match for Marvin.