Kidney donor Diane wanted to help her friend John when she learned he was in renal failure and needed a kidney. Nearly one foot shorter than John, it seemed unlikely that Diane could be his living donor.
Kidney recipient Julian spent much of his childhood in and out of the hospital due to having a rare disease that limited blood flow to his lungs and kidneys.
With the help and encouragement of a dear friend, Kenny created a letter seeking a living kidney donor and sent it to the people in his life, including the listserv of his high school’s graduating class.
After giving birth to their son Tyler in 2000, Lisa’s chronic kidney disease took a toll on her health. She was told she would need a kidney transplant and was eventually placed on dialysis.
Knowing nothing about living donation and having never met Chris, Richard took the first steps toward seeing if he was a match and, ultimately, saving Chris’s life.
My kidney donation and my father’s transplant have brought me to realize how precious and beautiful it is to be alive,” acknowledges Sabrina. With her family’s support and guidance, Sabrina is now studying to become a pharmacy technician so that she can continue to help others.
Kidney donor Susan has always been motivated to help others and make positive changes in the world, both personally and professionally.
Laurell has shared many wonderful experiences with her family over the years. Unfortunately, she and her family have also shared something not so wonderful: a propensity for a life-threatening genetic kidney disease.
Living kidney donor Lynn, and her cousin, Ted, have always been close. They are first cousins and live on the same street.