[MLS SPOTLIGHT]Nine-year MLS veteran Clyde Simms, who retired earlier this year because of kidney disease, has joined 99,000 Americans who are on the official list for a kidney transplant. The 31-year-old Simms remains active, but he may soon need to begin regular dialysis as his kidney function has declined.
The average waiting time for a viable kidney match is about four years, but Simms, who has suffered from focal segmental glomerulosclerosis since he was in high school, doesn’t have that kind of time.
“I’m young, I’m healthy, I’m active,” Simms, 31, told the Washington Post's Soccer Insider last week. “People think it only happens to those who don’t care take of themselves. It’s a silent killer; there aren’t usually any symptoms. It happened to me and it can happen to anyone. If someone learns more about it and gets evaluated, it will make me happy. That’s my No. 1 goal.”
Family members were ruled out, Simms told the Post, because of a history of kidney disease indirectly related to his ailment.
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His donation center: Mass General Live Donation Center – (617) 643-7193.