André has a BS in biochemistry and a PhD in analytical chemistry. His mother, sister, and he all showed idiopathic (Greek for “don’t know why”) renal and hearing problems growing up only to be diagnosed as Alport syndrome in the 1980s. André spent two years on hemodialysis prior to receiving a kidney transplant from an anonymous non-living donor. He has tried to make the best of this gift and spent the last two decades travelling the world, finding love, and building a career as a research scientist in the field of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and diagnostics. André hopes that the next generation of people with Alport syndrome, including his nephew and nieces, never have to experience hemodialysis. He is also grateful for everyone, such as his donor, who makes the thoughtful and generous decision to sign their driver’s license as an organ donor.