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.
It is extremely likely that someone you know needs a new kidney, and that means someone in your life needs you to donate one.
Cody Maynard, 21, donated a kidney to someone he never wanted to meet, saving the life of an 18-month-old stranger. In doing so, he joined the growing ranks of anonymous organ donors—altruistic people who give one of their two kidneys to strangers, without even the prospect of a “thank you” from the recipient.
Most living donors give a kidney to someone they know, like a relative or a friend. But there are also non-directed living kidney donors, other wise known as altruistic donors or good samaritans. Watch this video to see the story of one such donor, Dylan Matthews.
It was an ordinary day for a retired businessman until he listened to a podcast and found that the subject resonated with him well beyond anything he could have imagined. The ramification of Ned’s decision to make an altruistic donation were far reaching and led to personal connections that Ned never could have foreseen.
Hundreds of Americans are volunteering to donate kidneys to complete strangers, saving the lives of people who desperately need transplants. INSIDER asked six kidney donors why they did it.