Dominic raises money for research after watching his dad rise above kidney disease with a smile
A keen online gamer is raising money in memory of his dad to help fund research for kidney patients of the future.
Dominic Russell has been inspired to help, following the loss of his dad Paul, a checkout operator at Asda, who was diagnosed with kidney disease in 1988.
“He was diagnosed when he was 19 years old and was the kind of man who never complained, even when he was on dialysis. With hindsight I realise he suffered with depression because of his illness, but he never showed it to me and my two brothers Marc and Jamie.
“Dad couldn't kick a ball at the park with us, but we all looked forward to Saturdays because that was when he was on dialysis at home, so we would sit in the living room and watch the football together.
“These times together were some of the best times we spent with dad. Treasured memories.”
Paul received two transplants, but one rejected and the other deteriorated over time. Paul became progressively more ill, but he was determined to keep working at the Clydebank branch of Asda.
After shielding throughout lockdown, Paul went back to work when his furlough came to an end but was only there for two weeks before falling seriously ill and being hospitalised. He was in a coma for eight weeks and then sadly died of Covid-19.
Dominic, 31, of Glasgow, said: “I realised I could either sit and feel sorry for myself or do something positive.”
Already, he has set up a fund raising in memory page and as a gaming and live-streaming fan, plans to host events on Twitch the community gaming channel.
With a nickname of Highland Raptor, because he's based in Scotland, and is among a network of Jurassic Park fans, Dominic aims to host events and challenges like walking the West Highland way, to support the charity which is close to his heart.
To find out more follow Dominic Russell's Kidney Research UK Just Giving page link.
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