60 Lives, 30 Kidneys, All Linked

A donation by a Good Samaritan, Rick Ruzzamenti, set in motion a 60-person chain of transplants that ended with a kidney for Donald C. Terry Jr. Rick Ruzzamenti admits to being a tad impulsive. He traded his Catholicism for Buddhism in a revelatory flash. He married a Vietnamese woman he had only just met. And…

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HuffPost Greatest Person of the Day

Melissa Arlio is an upbeat, healthy 26-year-old from a big Italian family in Wayne, NJ. With nothing to gain and a good deal to lose (namely, her job) Arlio elected to undergo surgery and donate one of her kidneys to a complete stranger last March. She did so in order to start an altruistic kidney chain through the National Kidney Registry.

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There’s Poetry in Altruism

Six months ago, dental hygienist Jodi Tamen sent one of her kidneys west from Chicago to a stranger in Los Angeles—a high-spirited, gray-bearded poet named G. Murray Thomas. Last week, Tamen flew out herself to celebrate with the man whose life her gift restored.

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Her Gift of Life Helps a Stranger

Corrie Lynn Wright watched her stepfather waste away from kidney disease for more than 15 years, dying when she was 24 years old. She says that experience is what compelled her to undergo surgery this month to give away a kidney to save a stranger’s life while asking nothing in return.

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