NORTH ATTLEBORO — He’s been a fixture on the sidelines of soccer video games for years, influencing a whole bunch of of younger lives.
Now he’s seeking to the neighborhood for assist. However that is no sport.
Bruce Pugh, who’s coached in native youth soccer from the Pop Warner degree on up for greater than a decade, is going through kidney failure, and associates and colleagues are hoping to assist discover him a donor … and shortly.
“He’s a tremendous man,” stated Leslee Murphy, secretary for North Attleboro Junior Football and the Monday Night time Gridiron Membership. She is placing out the phrase on the youth soccer neighborhood’s social media platforms, “and we need to get folks examined.”
Pugh, 48, a North Attleboro resident, was identified over a decade in the past with a kidney illness referred to as focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. The sickness is attributable to a uncommon gene mutation and assaults the kidney’s filtering skill, resulting in everlasting kidney scarring and failure.
This spring, Pugh’s power situation declined to 17% kidney perform classifying him at Stage 4 of 5 illness progressions. He wants an instantaneous residing donor transplant with an O+ blood sort match, Murphy reported. There are different standards as nicely, together with physique sort.
Pugh is taken into account a great transplant candidate as a result of he leads an lively, wholesome life and a residing donor represents his finest probability for a great consequence, she stated. In any other case, the await a transplant is 5 to seven years.
Dialysis therapy, which artificially filters the affected person’s blood, impacts the possibilities for a profitable transplant, so one of the best consequence could be for him to obtain a donor kidney earlier than he begins dialysis.
“I served with Bruce for years, and he coached my son,” Murphy stated, including that he stored teaching even after his personal son was out of this system.
His son’s now a senior at LaSalle Academy in Windfall and lately dedicated to Louisiana State College. He additionally has a daughter at Clemson College, Murphy stated.
Seeing him on the Century Sport — the a hundredth soccer sport between North and Attleboro — just a few weeks in the past, she had no inkling he was sick.
In a posting to social media, Murphy wrote: “It feels unusual asking somebody to surrender a kidney. It’s an enormous ask. We all know this. BUT in case you have any inclination to take action, we might ask that you simply please think about getting examined to see for those who could also be a match. How do you try this? Easy — Please take a look at this hyperlink: https://www.bidmc.org/…/accept…/consider-living-donation.”
She added: “This neighborhood is unimaginable and when one among our personal wants us we rally like no different. We ask that you simply share his story in every single place.”
Of Pugh, she stated, “He’s in the midst of a troublesome combat however he’s more durable! Let’s do that.”