Lisa Simpson Needs a Kidney

Dear Friends and Extended Networks:

Lately we have been learning a lot about kidneys! 

As some of you know, Lisa was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) about four years ago. When her kidney function declined to 20% of the filtration function (the GFR or glomerular filtration rate) she became eligible to go on the list for receiving a donor kidney at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco.  She’s on the list but there’s often a very long wait of more than 8 years.

That’s not the case when there is a donor, even if that donor is not compatible with Lisa, a transplant can still take place with several pairs undergoing the procedure at the same time. We have had five possible donors, including myself, go through the process but for one reason or another no one passed the criteria.

Our daughter Caitlin was more than willing, but PKD is genetic and it turns out she has it as well, so cannot be a donor.

Lisa is now down to 8% of normal filtration, a level classified as kidney failure, at which people need to be on dialysis. We will start that in the next month or two, doing at-home hemodialysis, which has major challenges but is considered the healthiest option as it is done six days a week for shorter times than the three longer visits per week at a dialysis center.


We come to you with hearts in hand to ask you, or your friends, or friends of friends of friends, to consider donating a kidney so that a wonderful woman can live a longer and healthier life.

We have been reluctant to send out this appeal, as it is difficult for us to ask in this way, but we are overcoming our hesitation and hoping to get this out to as many people as possible.

If you or someone you know would consider this incredibly generous act, please contact us at:


Lincoln Bergman

Lisa Simpson




Lincoln Bergman

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