LBI Devotee in Need

Sep 10, 2018
Part-time Brant Beach resident Nick Sauter, surrounded by his family, is in end-stage renal failure. They are hoping to find a donor for a kidney transplant.

To the Editor:

My brother-in-law Nick Sauter’s love for Long Beach Island began over 26 years ago when his mother-in-law first rented a house on Kimberly Avenue in Brant Beach.

As the extended family grew, they moved to Harvey Cedars where the family still enjoys a week’s rental in the summer. About 10 years ago, Nick and his wife, Debbie, bought a condominium in Brant Beach where they and the family spend time fishing, crabbing, biking and enjoying the fine restaurants on the island.

From Barnegat Light to Holgate, Nick and Debbie have met a number of friends and enjoy everything LBI has to offer, especially the annual Chowderfest and the shows at the Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven. Nick has great joy being with his family on LBI, but health issues are threatening to disrupt this joy.

Almost two years ago, Nick discovered he needed a kidney and ever since goes to dialysis three times a week. At that time his family started advocating for a living donor in the hopes of finding a person who could offer that life-saving organ.

A Rutgers University graduate, Sauter played football for the Scarlet Knights from 1973 to 1977 on a full scholarship. In fact, the offensive lineman was on the roster when the team went undefeated in 1976. Unfortunately, his kidneys failed due to anti-inflammatory medications taken to help with football-related injuries.

While he is currently in end-stage renal failure and on dialysis, he also suffered a setback in the past year when he developed a blood infection that traveled to his 21-year-old knee replacement. The infection resulted in two additional surgeries on his knee, and his hopes for a kidney were put on hold. Nick went through three months of physical therapy along with his dialysis.

Nick is also well known in his Passaic County community, where he is the former vice principal, athletic director, teacher, football and track coach at Passaic Valley High School and also a 1973 graduate himself.

Nick is an A- blood type for direct donation, but donations can be made through RWJBarnabas Health’s Living Donor Kidney Exchange Program, which involves the matching and exchange of kidneys between donor/recipient pairs that are compatible with each other. Anyone who is interested in being a donor, or knows of someone who would like to be a donor, please contact Nick’s transplant coordinator, Donna Walton, at 973-322-5047 to be tested. There is no greater feeling than knowing you brought life to another human being. 

Donna Tissot

Little Falls, N.J.








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