About Luis

I am “O+” Blood Type and my name is Luis Banda, and I need a Kidney. I am currently on dialysis and need a kidney transplant from a living donor.

I’m going to be 45 this Dec. 24. (DOB 12/24/73). I’m a husband, father, son, brother, friend, and uncle. I was born in Glendale, CA and lived there until the again of 13 where I moved to Palmdale, CA. I currently live near the La Brea Tar Pits.

Over the years I’ve struggled with weight issues and diabetes. I had to deal with pain and insulin shot for over 10 years. Six years ago,  I had a right foot amputation due to Charcot’s Joint. The recovery process with faith was miraculous, to say the least. Thank you for the support of my family and enduring commitment from my wife I was able to regain normalcy within a couple of months.

I had extreme weight gain it became a harsh reality and wake up call. Over the last three years with the help of medical staff and the support of my wife and family, I have been able to lose over 175 lbs.

This, of course, helps my overall mental and living condition. The mere fact that I can buy clothes off the rack again is not only a natural moral boost, but my overall living condition has vastly improved.

I have improved my A1C to 4.8, and since I’ve lost so much weight my doctor finally took me off blood pressure medication. One of the most satisfying goals I’ve reach has been the fact that “Morbidly Obese” has been since been removed from my medical record. Having that on my medical record was really a heavy cross to bear, literally.

With the great help of my prosthetic people at Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Center and Lerman & Son I started competing in 5K runs and even tried to finish a 10K earlier this year. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve come in last place in all of them but I have proudly been able to finish.

Earlier this year I completed a “bucket list” to Japan where I found inner peace. I knew that coming back from this trip I would have to start my dialysis treatment. I decided that this was just another test. I’ve dealt with similar situations including the amputation.

All calls are answered within 24-48 hours. There is no best time to contact someone. Cedars Sinai hours are Monday to Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Pacific. Any information you share with Cedars Sinai staff if protected by HIPPA. I will not know anything regarding the case. If you want to donate the kidney anonymously, THAT CAN BE DONE AS WELL!

The donation process is voluntary at all stages. Just because you call does not obligate you to donate. You have options all the way up to the very moment of operation. You can even email if you there are scheduling reasons why you can’t call in.

Patients with last name A-K:
Staff Member: Jessica Luga
Email:  Jessica.Luga@cshs.org
Phone:  (310) 423-8463
Patient Name: Luis Banda
Date of Birth: 12/24/1973

Patients with last name L-Z:
Staff Member: Miguel Can
Email: Miguel.Can@cshs.org
Phone: (310) 423-4718
Patient Name: Luis Banda
Date of Birth: 12/24/1973

Don’t speak English? No problemo! Cedars Sinai has spoken language services which can help you better understand the process in your own language.

My family and I thank you ahead of time for your effort.

I would also like to encourage you to SHARE my story on your social platforms. My odds of finding a living donor increases with each pair of eyes that see my story. So SHARING is an important part of making this happen.

I am not going to let this define my existence. I know someone is out there will help me out. I’ve kept a positive outlook and taken the necessary steps to be ready when I get the call. I know #ItWillHappen