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#ShowVivLove event to be enlightening, inspiring

The Sacred Space in Wynwood is a beautiful event center. It’s like having a touch of Scottsdale, Arizona, right here in the heart of Miami.

It’s peaceful, it’s calming and it’s the perfect venue for our upcoming #ShowVivLove event set for June 15, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

As you know, my wife Vivian Fried has been battling end-stage kidney disease for the last four years. She goes to dialysis six days a week, and we’ve been searching intensely for a living kidney donor.

The costs are mounting, so some beautiful and loving people have come together to create #ShowVivLove, which will raise funds to help cover our expenses.

This is going to be a fabulous event. Our speakers include:

– Ari Sytner, author of the book The Kidney Donor’s Journey: 100 Questions I Asked Before Donating My Kidney.

– Alina Villasante, creator of Peace Love World Clothing.

– Vivian Fried herself, who will share from the heart about this difficult journey.

The $154 admission to the event includes drinks, hor d’oeuvres and a copy of Ari’s book. We’ll also have a Q&A session about living kidney donation. If you have a question, we’ll answer it.

In short, prepare to be inspired.

All proceeds from the event will go toward helping Vivian through the process of finding a donor and undergoing the transplant. The money will cover more Facebook ads, co-pay for anti-rejection medication, and continuing insurance coverage.

How are things going, you ask? Well, it’s been tough. We’ve had three potential donors make it almost completely through the qualification process, but in the end none have been eligible.

And the dialysis treatments – six days a week – are starting to take their toll on Vivian.

We’re still optimistic, however. My Facebook ad for Vivian has reached almost 200,000 people, and it’s been shared almost 1,500 times.

Someone, somewhere, will come through for us.

Speaking of beautiful people, here are some of the kind souls who are making #ShowVivLove possible:

– Venue Sponsor: The Sacred Space Miami, 105 NE 24th Street

– Event Sponsor: Karla Conceptual Events Experience

– Media Partner: Salem Communications, 880 AM, Wanda Myles

– Platinum Sponsors: The Butters Group, Certus Senior Living, Warren Henry Automotive

Any money not used for Vivian’s care will be donated to the Renewal organization to support their efforts in helping other people find kidney donors.

For tickets to #ShowVivLove or to donate, go to

To become a sponsor, send emails to or call 305-773-6300.

To find out if you can be a kidney donor, email

For an update on Vivian and her search for a kidney transplant, watch her interview on WPLGTV10 in Miami:

Your kindness and prayers mean the world to us. Thank you!



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