Maddie’s Story

Dougie and MaddieMy mom, Maddie Becker, is about the best human a dog could ask for! But here’s the thing – Maddie is an End Stage Renal Disease patient, and has been since 2012! Woof. That sounds bad, doesn’t it? Well, it is. 

Maddie has been waiting on a kidney, and waiting, and waiting, and waiting for 6 years… And I just can’t watch her wait any more. I have to do something to help her find her donor. 

So read more about my amazing Mom below. Consider sharing her story to help her raise awareness about her need for a living donor. 


Maddie grew up outside of Chicago as a happy, funny, Disney-loving kid. She diagnosed with kidney disease when she was 6 years old.

When she was 13 years old, her doctors determined that she needed a kidney transplant. Maddie’s amazing mother stepped up as Maddie’s first donor.

That kidney transplant in 2001 was successful, and Maddie was able to live a happy, active life – she finished school, met her future husband, and began to live out her dream of being an early childhood educator.

In 2012, her donated kidney began failing. Since then, Maddie has been on intense dialysis treatments and has been fighting for survival every day.

While Maddie is at the top of donor lists, she is not likely to match a deceased donor. There are over 100,000 kidney patients in the donor registry.


13 people die each day while waiting on lists for life-saving kidney transplants.


To increase her odds of survival, Maddie is looking for a living donor who is either a direct match, or willing to enter a paired exchange. She is hopeful that her donor is out there, and she is currently in a clinical trial to increase her chances of becoming a match for more potential donors.

Despite undergoing more than 12 hours of peritoneal dialysis each day, Maddie continues to live a full and thriving life as a loving wife, foster parent, and dog owner.

If she were to receive a kidney, Maddie dreams, more than anything, of becoming a mother. She would go back to work using her degree in early childhood education, finally go on a honeymoon, and continue to advocate for kidney disease awareness.

To learn more about what it’s like to be a living donor, click here.

To find out more about saving more than one life through paired exchange, click here.

Find out more about Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (Maddie’s type of Kidney disease) by clicking here.

For more information about Peritoneal Dialysis, click here.