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Connolly track coach Ken Castro thriving after kidney transplant
Connolly track coach Ken Castro thriving after kidney transplant - Fall River, MA - The Herald News Search our print archives » Connolly track coach Ken Castro thriving after kidney transplant Bishop Connolly track coach Ken Castro has a new lease on life after receiving a kidney transplant last May. Is this article accurate? Ken Castro was desperate. He was one of more than 100,000 people on the waiting list for a kidney transplant, and the Bishop Connolly High School graduate figured he needed to do something quickly. "I think they said there were about 118,000 people on the list, and they told me something like 13 people on that list die every day," said Castro, 55. "I knew I couldn't sit there and wait. I had to be proactive." Castro first knew something was wrong in 2008. He felt lethargic and was vomiting every day. He visited a specialist, who determined one of Castro's kidneys was completely shut down and was other was functioning at 16 percent. He began dialysis that June. "Dialysis was like being in prison," Castro said. "I went three times a week for three hours a day hooked up to a machine. It wasn't pleasant." Castro, who coaches cross country and spring track at his alma mater, took to the Internet, gathering some information on kidney disease himself. He also reached out to people - some near and others far. "My wife got tested and she was actually a match," Castro said. "It's pretty rare for a spouse to be a match, but she was." Although his wife was compatible, her previous bout with skin cancer made the transplant process too risky. Castro continued his search, and it led him to Scottsdale, Ariz. I knew I was in great health and I knew what (Castro) was going through. "I met with Ken's doctor before the surgery and I remember him saying that he had patients tell him how painful this was. I remember thinking, 'Geez, I wish he didn't tell me that.' It wasn't that bad. I had a C-section when I had my son and it was not any worse than that." With newfound health and a brand new outlook on life, Castro has decided to take part in the upcoming World Transplant Games, which will be held in Goteborg, Sweden in June. His participation in the Games is his small way of giving back. "I have a responsibility to make sure I take advantage of this," he said. "I feel like I won the lottery. I don't want to waste this and my way to give back is by working hard. I'm not going there just to go. I'm going there to do well." Just three months after his procedure, Castro was cleared to train for the Games. "My doctor has to sign off and you need one working kidney for at least a year in order to compete," Castro. "I'll be at 13 months when they start." At the Games, Castro will compete in the 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump and the 4x100 relay. "He's my hero," said Tessier Lundeen, who lists Castro as her favorite athlete on her Facebook page. "I feel awesome," Castro said. Castro, whose dedication to Bishop Connolly was never more evident than when he continued to coach during his dialysis treatments, still shows his dedication by volunteering his time for patients battling kidney disease. "I like to volunteer for kidney patients," he said.
THUMBS UP to Bishop Connolly High school coach Ken Castro, who is making the most of life after a kidney transplant.
Despite the odds, he will be traveling to Sweden next month to compete in the World Transplant Games.