Dear Friends:

My name is Tzipi Tivon. I am 54 years old and a Hebrew teacher at the Chabad Hebrew Academy (CHA) in San Diego, where I love teaching my students in 2nd through 8th grades.

I have a husband and three beautiful children. My son, please G-d, will be barmitzvah'd this year and is a student at CHA and my two daughters, 22 and 25 live in Israel. I feel very blessed to be part of the San Diego community and we have had a good life since we immigrated in 1998.

Unfortunately, in January 2016, our lives changed dramatically as I was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease (kidney failure). Following an acute episode that landed me in the ER and a 30-day hospitalization stay, I have been on a grueling schedule of kidney dialysis 3 days per week at 3 hours per session, which I go to before I start my day of teaching.

It is now one year later and I am in desperate need of a kidney transplant. The benefits of dialysis are beginning to diminish and while I am on the kidney donor register I have yet not found a match.

Recently an organization called Renewal ( agreed to take on my case. In collaboration with them, we are about to launch a campaign that intends to reach people across the country in the hope that someone, somewhere will be a compatible donor.

But to make this work, I need your help.

Specifically, I am asking that you please send my email [ED. Note: Share the link to this article] out to 10 of your family and/or friends with my story and ask them to forward the message to 10 of their family/friends, and so on. Renewal believes that every person who hears about my struggle will raise my chances of finding a donor.

With your help, I hope to be strong and healthy as my son reads from the Torah and one day to see my daughters get married and become a savta (grandmother).

Thank you so much for listening to my story and for helping me spread the word. May you all be blessed!

If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more information about kidney donation, please contact the donor coordinator at Renewal at 718 431 9831 extension 209.

With deep gratitude,

(Morah) Tzipi