Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

A kidney between friends

Ybarra’s found a kidney, but he’s bleeding money and reaching out.
Ybarra’s found a kidney, but he’s bleeding money and reaching out.
Video:

Folding Mr. Lincoln: "Missing Her Pretty Green Eyes"

David Ybarra — electric bass | Harry Mestyanek — vocals & acoustic guitar

David Ybarra — electric bass | Harry Mestyanek — vocals & acoustic guitar

“I am asking my friends to help me at this scary time,” says bassist David Ybarra. The 51-year-old South Park resident has been a mainstay of San Diego’s music community since the early 1980s, a full-time musician performing with Playground Slap, the Wild Truth, and Folding Mr. Lincoln. A diabetic for the past four decades, Ybarra was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2013.

On March 11, Ybarra will be having a kidney transplant. “I am going through the last set of pre-op tests and it is down to the wire. My kidney function is only at 11 percent, which is considered stage 5. Not too good.”

Video:

Playground Slap

Playground Slap funks it up for the first time in 18 years at the Casbah. The 'Slap are: Marcelo Radulovich- Guitar, David Ybarra- Bass, Ray Dezonia- Keys and other sounds, Bill Ray- Drums, Mike Keneally- Guitar

Playground Slap funks it up for the first time in 18 years at the Casbah. The 'Slap are: Marcelo Radulovich- Guitar, David Ybarra- Bass, Ray Dezonia- Keys and other sounds, Bill Ray- Drums, Mike Keneally- Guitar

Following the surgery he expects to be out of commission for a few months. “The surgery will have an immediate impact on healthy body function,” he said. “Healing could take from 4 to 8 weeks, and I will be isolated from general contact for a week due to anti-rejection medication.”

Ybarra has insurance, but rent and day-to-day dollars are scarce. “I am a great budgeter,” he said. “At this stage of the game love and support are important, but I have had to decline work because of the illness so finances are slim. At this juncture money will help sustain me.”

To that end, Ybarra is asking for donations from the many friends he’s made in the local music community over his decades on San Diego stages. Ybarra is utilizing the Help Hope Live website as a platform for donations. “They are assisting with fundraising to help cover living costs during and after the transplant. Work, even music work, has been very difficult, and I really need a hand.”

Ybarra’s new kidney is a gift from a longtime lady friend, Bay Area singer Hudson, who also happens to be a nurse.

“Honestly, at first I was joking, I said, ‘You know, David, I’d give you a kidney!’ Well, he took me at my word.” She got tested last August and found they were compatible. “Since then, I’ve never regretted my decision to be a living donor. I’m humbled at the opportunity to help improve David’s life. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of a shot at being healthy.”

Past Event

AM Gold

Hudson has cared for many diabetics and patients on dialysis. “I know firsthand the devastating effects of the disease and how much quality of life is compromised once they go on dialysis. I didn’t want that for David,” she said.

While performing is difficult, Ybarra plans to play one more gig, pre-surgery, with cover band AM Gold at Winstons on March 7. “I am not out of the game,” says Ybarra, “but I am not as busy as I could be if [I was] healthy.”

For more on David Ybarra’s condition and to donate, visit: m.helphopelive.org/campaign/5416.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Kanye West for president

Will San Diego voters be lining up at the polls?
Next Article

Ocean Beach – San Diego's last true neighborhood

Berms, fire spinner, homeless, bully, radicals, Newport Avenue
Ybarra’s found a kidney, but he’s bleeding money and reaching out.
Ybarra’s found a kidney, but he’s bleeding money and reaching out.
Video:

Folding Mr. Lincoln: "Missing Her Pretty Green Eyes"

David Ybarra — electric bass | Harry Mestyanek — vocals & acoustic guitar

David Ybarra — electric bass | Harry Mestyanek — vocals & acoustic guitar

“I am asking my friends to help me at this scary time,” says bassist David Ybarra. The 51-year-old South Park resident has been a mainstay of San Diego’s music community since the early 1980s, a full-time musician performing with Playground Slap, the Wild Truth, and Folding Mr. Lincoln. A diabetic for the past four decades, Ybarra was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2013.

On March 11, Ybarra will be having a kidney transplant. “I am going through the last set of pre-op tests and it is down to the wire. My kidney function is only at 11 percent, which is considered stage 5. Not too good.”

Video:

Playground Slap

Playground Slap funks it up for the first time in 18 years at the Casbah. The 'Slap are: Marcelo Radulovich- Guitar, David Ybarra- Bass, Ray Dezonia- Keys and other sounds, Bill Ray- Drums, Mike Keneally- Guitar

Playground Slap funks it up for the first time in 18 years at the Casbah. The 'Slap are: Marcelo Radulovich- Guitar, David Ybarra- Bass, Ray Dezonia- Keys and other sounds, Bill Ray- Drums, Mike Keneally- Guitar

Following the surgery he expects to be out of commission for a few months. “The surgery will have an immediate impact on healthy body function,” he said. “Healing could take from 4 to 8 weeks, and I will be isolated from general contact for a week due to anti-rejection medication.”

Ybarra has insurance, but rent and day-to-day dollars are scarce. “I am a great budgeter,” he said. “At this stage of the game love and support are important, but I have had to decline work because of the illness so finances are slim. At this juncture money will help sustain me.”

To that end, Ybarra is asking for donations from the many friends he’s made in the local music community over his decades on San Diego stages. Ybarra is utilizing the Help Hope Live website as a platform for donations. “They are assisting with fundraising to help cover living costs during and after the transplant. Work, even music work, has been very difficult, and I really need a hand.”

Ybarra’s new kidney is a gift from a longtime lady friend, Bay Area singer Hudson, who also happens to be a nurse.

“Honestly, at first I was joking, I said, ‘You know, David, I’d give you a kidney!’ Well, he took me at my word.” She got tested last August and found they were compatible. “Since then, I’ve never regretted my decision to be a living donor. I’m humbled at the opportunity to help improve David’s life. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of a shot at being healthy.”

Past Event

AM Gold

Hudson has cared for many diabetics and patients on dialysis. “I know firsthand the devastating effects of the disease and how much quality of life is compromised once they go on dialysis. I didn’t want that for David,” she said.

While performing is difficult, Ybarra plans to play one more gig, pre-surgery, with cover band AM Gold at Winstons on March 7. “I am not out of the game,” says Ybarra, “but I am not as busy as I could be if [I was] healthy.”

For more on David Ybarra’s condition and to donate, visit: m.helphopelive.org/campaign/5416.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

If sci-fi glam really makes a comeback, UNI will rule them all

Big changes for little band may put them at the head of the class of 2020
Next Article

Communion on the hood of a Humvee

The Apostle Paul says we see through a glass dimly
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close