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Living Donation Forum / January 2023 Anniversaries on Living Donors Online!
« Last post by Clark on January 01, 2023, 12:31:26 PM »
  Happy new year! All of us participating in Living Donors Online! have hope of more years with loved ones, more years for loved ones, or hope that our actions help give more years to others we may never know. From Joan helping her brother Roy 43 years ago to Carol and her husband both trying to help their daughter 22 years ago to the tragic loss of Michael Hurewitz 21 years ago to Ivana helping her mother in those seemingly long ago last days before the entire world entered the COVID-19 pandemic, and so many more of us, we have tried to do our best. We are living organ donors, recipients, would be donors or recipients, family members, friends, transplant professionals, members of the press, and members of the public, and we welcome another year of life together! So glad to be with you all still! Best wishes for a wonderful year to come!-John (Clark on LDO!)

Forty third anniversary:
Joan Ray donated a kidney to her brother on January 19th, 1980

Thirty sixth anniversary:
Mike Rocheteau (since deceased) donated a kidney to his brother on January 8th, 1987

Twenty eighth anniversary:
Wanda Christensen donated a kidney to her grandson, Damien Klemz, on January 5th, 1995
Darlene donated a kidney to her cousin, Yancy, on January 16th, 1995

Twenty fifth anniversary:
Donna Lundberg donated a kidney to her mother on January 11th, 1998

Twenty fourth anniversary:
Pat McDonough donated a kidney to her brother on January 13th, 1999

Twenty third anniversary:
Cynthia Goldner donated a kidney to her cousin, Sukie Miller, on January 5th, 2000
Candice Ellington donated part of her liver to her husband on January 10th, 2000
Charity Wells donated a kidney to her sister, Carrie, on January 11th, 2000
Naomi donated a kidney to a coworker on January 31st, 2000

Twenty second anniversary:
Catherine Cullen donated a kidney to her mother (since deceased) on January 4th, 2001
Thomas Busch donated a kidney to his former girlfriend, Dawn Meschi, on January 10th, 2001
Carol Meyer and her husband donated lung lobes to their daughter (since deceased) on January 16th, 2001
Carolyn Miller donated a kidney to her husband on January 31st, 2001

Twenty first anniversary:
Aileen Sperber donated a kidney to her husband on January 3rd, 2002
Michael Hurewitz (deceased in the peri-operative period) donated part of his liver to his brother on January 13th, 2002
Nathan Bishop donated part of his liver to his brother-in-law's brother on January 25th, 2002
Ray Madden donated a kidney to his wife on January 29th, 2002

Twentieth anniversary:
Gina donated a kidney to her brother-in-law on January 7th, 2003
David Harper donated a kidney to a stranger on January 8th, 2003
Brenda donated a kidney to her father on January 10th, 2003
Aya Manalo Hufana donated a kidney to her sister on January 11th, 2003
Lisa L Henderson donated a kidney to an unrelated person on January 26th, 2003

Nineteenth anniversary:
Jodi Phelan donated part of her liver to her daughter on January 5th, 2004
Regan M Gamble donated a kidney to her mother, Danielle, on January 14th, 2004
Jason York donated part of his liver to the daughter of an alumnus from his high school on January 17th, 2004
Luke donated a kidney to his best friend on January 21st, 2004

Eighteenth anniversary:
Dawn donated a kidney to an unrelated person (since deceased) on January 6th, 2005
Bob Bucsh donated a kidney to his sister on January 12th, 2005
Taj "T-Bone" Hudson donated a kidney to a friend on January 12th, 2005
Amanda Zoneraich donated a kidney to her father on January 25th, 2005
Barb donated a kidney to an unrelated recipient on January 25th, 2005

Seventeenth anniversary:
Nancy Ferrauilo donated a kidney to her husband on January 5th, 2006
Carin O'Brien donated a kidney to her father on January 25th, 2006

Sixteenth anniversary:
Kebra donated a kidney to her husband on January 2nd, 2007
Jaime Burhite donated a kidney to her older brother, Jason, on January 4th, 2007
Cynthia Tindongan donated a kidney to a stranger on January 10th, 2007
Jeff Eddy donated a kidney to his father on January 16th, 2007
Patrice Smith donated a kidney to Jenna Franks, an unrelated person found on LDO, on January 16th, 2007. Regrettably, Jenna experienced rejection several years later, and is again seeking a donor.
Erica Gomez donated a kidney to her father on January 18th, 2007
Bassy Gottesman donated a kidney to her husband, Yehuda, on January 23rd, 2007
Frances Byrdin donated a kidney to her father on January 23rd, 2007
Kevin Kenney donated a kidney to a friend on January 24th, 2007
John Dennis donated a kidney to his father on January 25th, 2007
Adrienne P. donated a kidney to a stranger on January 29th, 2007

Fifteenth anniversary:
Sara Kaiser donated part of her liver to an 18 month old stranger on January 4th, 2008
Evan Brooks donated a kidney to his brother, Jim, on January 8th, 2008
Nancy McAbee donated a kidney to her brother, Dan Williams, on January 8th, 2008
Audrey donated a kidney to her husband's cousin on January 10th, 2008
Elizabeth Samstag donated a part of her liver to her friend, Dan Zenger, on January 17th, 2008
Kelly Harris donated a kidney to Greg on January 18th, 2008
April Zona Garcia donated a kidney to her mother, Gloria Tompkins, on January 31st, 2008

Fourteenth anniversary:
Janet Hinson donated a kidney to her brother on January 8th, 2009
Miriam donated a kidney to her long time friend, Bob, on January 9th, 2009
Teri Garber George donated a kidney to her boss of 20 years on January 9th, 2009
Laura Rivas donated a kidney to her best friend, Victor Rodriguez, on January 15th, 2009. She's sad he didn't survive to celebrate their first kidneyversary, but glad she tried to help.
Janet Hurley donated a kidney to her adult child on January 22nd, 2009
Celia donated a kidney to her uncle on January 26th, 2009
Teresa Wharton donated her left kidney to her Dad on January 28th, 2009
Kimberly Johnson donated a kidney, the first woman to do so vaginally, to her niece, Jennifer Gilbert, on January 29th, 2009
Lisa Poulsen donated a kidney to her step-dad on January 30th, 2009

Thirteenth anniversary:
Becky Sullivan made a non-directed kidney donation on January 6th, 2010
Craig Stieben donated a kidney to his girlfriend on January 7th, 2010
Bonnie Parr donated a kidney to her brother, Wayne Sheets, on January 8th, 2010
Laura Linton donated a kidney to her sister, Tina Sammon, on January 15th, 2010
John Galvin donated a kidney to his best friend on January 19th, 2010
Sandy Picanzo donated a kidney to her sister, Joan, on January 26th, 2010
Tina DelGuidice donated a kidney to an unrelated person, Edward J. Guenkel, on January 28th, 2010

Twelfth anniversary:
Christine Archer donated a kidney to her great uncle, Arnold Strong, on January 11th, 2011
Morgan Davis became a kidney donor on January 11th, 2011
Paul Carlson donated a kidney to his sister, Barbara West, on January 24th, 2011

Eleventh anniversary:
Karen L Michul donated a kidney to her friend, Matthew Jones, on January 9th, 2012
Sharon Irey donated a kidney to her son, William, on January 18th, 2012
Kelly Gray Kablick donated part of her liver to her Mom on January 24th, 2012

Tenth anniversary:
Marisa de la Garza donated a kidney to her mother, Silvia de la Garza Bassett, on January 9th, 2013
Stephanie DuBose Reeves donated a kidney to her best friend on January 9th, 2013
James Franks donated a kidney to Melinda Cagle Sanders, a school friend, on January 17th, 2013
Renae Myers Waters donated a kidney to her husband on January 22nd, 2013
Rosie Mariani donated a kidney to her best friend, Tammy, on January 31st, 2013

Ninth anniversary:
Debbi Stapleton donated a kidney to Olga Gauthier on January 6th, 2014
Zoe McKeith donated a kidney to her mother-in-law, Kim Causer, on January 7th, 2014
Denise Hunter donated a kidney to her friend's nephew, Conley Tucker, on January 10th, 2014
Jennifer Sutton donated a kidney to her friend, Angela Braga, on January 10th, 2014
Howard Lobel donated a kidney to his cousin, Stevi Paul, on January 14th, 2014

Eighth anniversary:
Joshua Wise donated a kidney to his friend, Stephen Johns, on January 8th, 2015
Joann Nolan donated a kidney to her father, Virgil, on January, 9th, 2015
Deanah Weigelt-Genuario donated a kidney to her aunt, Peggyann Street, on January 20th, 2015
Debbie Vitatoe donated a kidney to her son, Toby, on January 21st, 2015

Fifth anniversary:
Nadia Brown donated a kidney to her father, Timothy Brown, on January 22nd 2018

Third anniversary:
Ivana Berrera donated part of her liver to her mother, Edna, on January 14th, 2020

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Living Donation Forum / Re: My kidney recipient brother just passed, from Covid
« Last post by Clark on January 01, 2023, 12:29:02 PM »
Best wishes, Elizabeth. There is as yet no easy, recognizable name for the post donation relationship between donor and recipient. Even so, most recognize there is one, of unique, deep meaning, even for those who make non-directed donations and never learn the identity of their recipients. I'm sorry your grieving isn't being acknowledged by those you expect support from. Do please take good care, and know that we understand that there is grief at this loss, and it can be very deeply felt.


If you're of a mind to reach out to peer donors with experiences you can review and choose from among for one on one conversation, please take a look at our Donor Buddy volunteers. https://livingdonorsonline.org/living-donor-buddies/living-donor-buddies-user-agreement/. I hope this helps.
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Living Donation Forum / My kidney recipient brother just passed, from Covid
« Last post by Elizabeth on December 31, 2022, 12:20:40 PM »
I am feeling very empty and alone.  Other siblings/friends can’t understand the depth of my loss.  Feeling like I lost him along with a part of me, literally.  Am hoping donors who have also lost their loved one will offer some help for my grief journey.
It would have been 13 years since donation, January 2010.
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https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-hochul-signs-new-york-state-living-donor-support-act-law


Governor Hochul Signs New York State Living Donor Support Act into Law

Legislation (S.1594/A.146A) Provides State Reimbursement to Living Organ Donors from New York State For Expenses Incurred as Result of Donation


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https://abcnews.go.com/Health/sisters-celebrate-anniversary-kidney-donation-lasted-remarkable-50/story?id=95370793

Sisters celebrate anniversary of kidney donation that's lasted a remarkable 50 years
By[/size] [/size]Mary Kekatos

[/size]Carolyn Rogers donated her kidney to her sister, Patti, in September 1972.[/color]
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https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2798550

Organ Donation and Transplants During Major US Motorcycle Rallies David C. Cron, et al.
JAMA Intern Med. Published online November 28, 2022. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2022.5431

Conclusions and Relevance  In this cross-sectional study, major motorcycle rallies in the US were associated with increased incidence of organ donation and transplants. While safety measures to minimize morbidity and mortality during motorcycle rallies should be prioritized, this study showed the downstream association of these events with organ donation and transplants.
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Living Donation Forum / Re: 19 years since my liver lobe donation and I'm still healthy
« Last post by Michael on December 24, 2022, 06:43:36 PM »
Kathryn,

I'm sooooo happy to hear you had a positive donation experience, that LDO had a supportive role in that experience, and that you continue to live a full and healthy life. What a magnificent life experience!

Happy Liverversary!  :D  And many more!

Happy holidays and please have a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year!

Michael
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Living Donation Forum / 19 years since my liver lobe donation and I'm still healthy
« Last post by kjones15528 on December 24, 2022, 01:50:48 PM »
This morning while I was getting ready for my day I listened to Scott Simon's radio broadcast about a ten donor/recipient kidney exchange, and I shortly found myself in tears. Then I realized that it was 19 years ago today that I was discharged from Mayo Clinic Hospital Scottsdale (Arizona) after donating a liver lobe to a close friend. It was the most significant thing that I've ever done in my life and one which I've never regretted.

At 71 years of age, I'm happy to report that I'm still healthy and active today. After the first few months of recovery from surgery, I've never had any problems with my liver, my digestive system, or my general health, and I expect to continue to live a long and happy life.

My story is among the liver donation stories on this website; it was important for me to share the details of my experience with other potential and actual donors so that they can experience their journey with eyes wide open. The LDO living donor forum was essential to me, and I encourage anyone who is considering donating to keep in touch with the donor community through the forum. There is so much knowledge, wisdom, and support here.

I wish you all the best for the holidays and a happy 2023!

Kathryn J.
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Living Donation Forum / Re: Frustrated, Angry and Let Down by Recipient
« Last post by Michael on December 15, 2022, 12:34:49 PM »
Here's another potential source for funds: http://www.healwithlovefoundation.org/index.html
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