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As we embrace the holiday season, my children and I would like to give a heartfelt thanks to those who have donated. Because of the generosity of a courageous and loving person, I have been given the gift of life. Since receiving my kidney transplant in April of this year, I have been rewarded with over 600 hours of additional time spent free from dialysis. This is a priceless gift of freedom that will not be taken for granted!
– Melissa, Dominique, Kinza and Talib
It has been 1½ years since I received the gift of life and my life has changed forever. I pay more attention to the beauty of nature, the beauty in people and I am more understanding of others and the want to help them. I work 50 hours or more a week in my business, go out to dinner several nights a week, kayak, dance, go to the movies and take trips.
Every single day, even now 18 years post-transplant, I reflect with heartfelt gratitude on my donor's gift. As in his life, he was generous in death with this gifted heart, continuing my life so I can share that gift in "paying it forward" in service each and every day.
My first organ donor family's decision gave me back my childhood at 5 years old. At 12 years old, my second organ donor family gave me back my teenage and adult years. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about both of them. Their decisions to donate allow me to live my life to the fullest with my loved ones and to make a difference with organ donation and transplant advocacy work. "Thank You" is never enough.
My family and I have so much to be thankful for! The Sunday after Thanksgiving will mark my four month post transplant anniversary! My kidney came from a deceased donor. This unexpected gift came at a time when I was starting to wear down. I was only home a couple of hours from dialysis when I got the call to get ready. After that, it was all a whirlwind! This gift, this MIRACLE has jumpstarted my life! Every day, I think of the generosity of the donor family and the loss they suffered. It only serves to make me appreciate the precious gift of life I have received. I am very, very blessed!