Reginald High had been waiting nearly a year for this moment. It was donor appreciation night at MedStar Georgetown Hospital: a celebration for those who gave and those who received a life-saving kidney. This would be the first time High would meet his donor.
When Beth Ard’s left kidney was removed and placed inside Lavoria Cure, Ard not only became the final donor in a life-altering series of six kidney transplants, she joined an army of volunteers that is radically improving the stingy mathematics of organ transplantation.
After eight years on dialysis, Jordan Ryan knew she could die without a new kidney, but her chance of receiving one was slim, especially since a kidney donated by her uncle years earlier had failed because of her disease. Then she got the call: It was the miracle match the family had prayed for.
At just 6 days old, Delly Adams went into renal failure due to multicystic dysplastic kidney, which could eventually require a kidney transplant. Through the NKR’s Voucher Program, Delly’s grandmother, Jamie McNeil, donated her kidney to ensure Delly will be prioritized for a living kidney donor when she needs one.
A new program allows people to donate organs to a total stranger in exchange for a voucher. That voucher can help a loved one bypass years of waiting on the transplant list, if they are ever in need of an organ.
A new lifetime friendship formed Sunday in the Bay Area over a life-saving kidney donation. Two women who previously didn’t know each other ran the Golden Gate Half-Marathon in San Francisco to raise awareness. They crossed the finish line together with their hands up to signify a sweet victory and a new personal bond.
When one father desperately needed a new kidney, two teachers from his daughter’s school offered to donate their own — sparking a donor chain that saved not only his life, but seven others’ lives, too.
New York firefighter Kevin Shea was dragged out only minutes before the North Tower fell, and was one of only 13 members of his Upper West Side firehouse to make it out alive. 16 years later, the hero celebrated his amazing fortune by giving the gift of life to a stranger—a 59-year-old special-ed teacher in …
Seven-year-old Quinn Gerlach got a gift certificate from his grandpa—not for a toy or a game, but for a kidney. Gerlach was born with a single kidney and may eventually need a transplant. His grandfather donated a kidney through the NKR’s Voucher Program so he will be able to get one when he needs it.
A lot of people love Christine Gentry. “I wouldn’t be here without her,” said Henrietta Oparah. “She’s numero uno for me.” Gentry made a decision last year that saved not only Oparah, but also 27 other people, all waiting desperately for a new kidney.