Meet Orange County's toughest athlete of the month.
He's not scuffing the court in the
Shandling, a 28-year-old
In short, the purpose of the event is to benefit people like Shandling, who was diagnosed with kidney disease at age 3 and has fought it on and off ever since.
Right now, he's on the waiting list for a new kidney, which, with his blood type, can take up to 10 years.
Shandling has limited energy to exude after his three
"After dialysis, you just feel wiped out," said Shandling. "I come home, and I just have to rest a couple of hours."
It's a hard life, but Shandling knows he's not alone. According to the National Kidney Foundation, more than 26 million Americans suffer from chronic kidney disease, with 367,000 on dialysis and 83,000 on waiting lists for a kidney transplant.
Before his kidney failed in 2005, Shandling worked as a clerk at
As you might imagine, he has a list of things he'd like to do as soon as he gets a new kidney. For one, he'd like to swim, which he can't do with a catheter. He'd like to eat chocolate and salty foods, and drink Coke. And he'd like to travel to Europe. Right now, he's limiting his trips to within the United States, where he can guarantee he won't be charged an exorbitant fee for dialysis.
"I like to go to Vegas a lot," he said. "I can do that."