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June 2023 Living Organ Donor Anniversaries
« on: May 31, 2023, 05:07:50 PM »
It's June, and in the Northern Hemisphere, folks are becoming distracted by warming weather and plans for summer frolic, whether traveling, staycation, or just snatched moments in the sunshine. If you will, please take a moment to remember with us the stories of selfless hope, desperate love, and new life, usually, usually long, sometimes less so. Imagine the courage of Elba hoping to save her baby daughter 44 years ago, then again seventeen years ago, when her gift of a kidney gave out, and Gabriela came to LDO. Gabriela poured out her heart to us and the world thereby. Katy offered to help, and did, giving Gabriela, and her mother, Elba, seven more years together. However you have come upon this list, each entry is a story of not one person, nor two, but extended families, friends, teams of medical professionals, often the media, too. Best wishes to all, and joy in living another day!

Forty-fourth anniversary:
Elba Ardenghi de Lacabe donated a kidney to her daughter, Gabriela, on June 26th, 1979. Gabriela survived until May 21st, 2014 with another kidney, dying from a condition unrelated to her transplants

Forty-second anniversary:
Theresa Wallace donated a kidney to her sister, Kathy Voelker, on June 10th 1981

Thirty-ninth anniversary:
Kathleen Saucier donated a kidney to her father on June 19th, 1984

Thirty-sixth anniversary:
Debbie Sanden donated a kidney to her hubby, Bill, on June 4th, 1987

Thirty-fourth anniversary:
Vanessa Opokuyamoah-Freeman donated a kidney to her brother in June, 1989

Thirty-third anniversary:
Margy Conley donated a kidney to her brother on June 19th, 1990

Twenty-seventh anniversary:
Tonya Massey donated a kidney to her brother in June, 1996
Cheryl Carroll donated a kidney to her sister on June 10th, 1996

Twenty-sixth anniversary:
Shelly Dowdle donated a kidney to her son on June 17th, 1997
Ann Taylor donated a kidney to her brother on June 27th, 1997

Twenty-fourth anniversary:
Adam Backstrom donated a kidney to a friend on June 2nd, 1999

Twenty-third anniversary:
Bobbiann donated a kidney to her father (since deceased) in June, 2000
Justin Rhodes donated a kidney to his brother on June 5th, 2000
Maureen Boncey donated a kidney to her husband, Paul, on June 5th, 2000
Handi Skorich donated part of his liver to a friend on June 9th, 2000

Twenty-second anniversary:
Karl Poythress donated a kidney to a cousin on June 1st, 2001
Chris Garrison donated a kidney to his brother on June 14th, 2001
Stacey M Gachi donated a kidney to her spouse, Nicholas T Gachi, on June 28th, 2001

Twenty-first anniversary:
Charity donated a kidney to a friend on June 3rd, 2002
Laura Odom donated part of her liver to her sister-in-law on June 19th, 2002
Laurie Bonner donated a kidney to her cousin, Melissa (Missy) Siemer, on June 28th, 2002

Twentieth anniversary:
Raymond Fuhrman donated a kidney to his second cousin on June 13th, 2003
Susan Riemenschneider Bentjen donated a kidney to her brother, Bob, on June 25th, 2003

Nineteenth anniversary:
Julie Newland donated a kidney to her daughter on June 7th, 2004
Jenny Oad donated a kidney to Mike Fogelman via LDO! on June 11th, 2004
Gwen donated a kidney to her father on June 15th, 2004
Madalene (Midge) Guererri donated part of her liver to her brother-in-law (now deceased) on June 15th, 2004
Jennifer Currao donated a kidney to a friend on June 16th, 2004
Angi Voris donated a kidney to her brother-in-law on June 24th, 2004
Jackie Mckee donated a kidney to her mother on June 29th, 2004

Eighteenth anniversary:
Diana Morrow donated a kidney to her mother, Barbara Robison, on June 1st, 2005
Marjorie Vukelich donated a kidney to her brother on June 2nd, 2005
Kim Council donated part of her liver to her sister on June 13th, 2005

Seventeenth anniversary:
Victoria Dadi donated a kidney to her mother on June 1st, 2006
Sue Entner donated a kidney to her husband on June 5th, 2006
Barbara Douglass donated a kidney to her sister on June 6th, 2006
Tiffany Cutts donated part of her liver to her mother on June 19th, 2006
Joe Eng donated a kidney to his sister on June 27th, 2006
Karen Endsley donated a kidney to her brother on June 29th, 2006

Sixteenth anniversary:
Laleise Curtiss donated a kidney to her sister, Kim, on June 1st, 2007
Dana Swajanen donated a kidney to her Dad on June 5th, 2007
Katy Gagnon donated a kidney to Gabriela, who she met on LDO, on June 5th, 2007.  Gabriela survived until May 21st, 2014, dying from a condition unrelated to her transplants
Lydia Carollo donated a kidney anonymously on June 6th, 2007
Marlin McDaniel donated a kidney to his son on June 6th, 2007
Philip James donated his left kidney to a good friend on June 6th, 2007
Robert Rice donated a kidney to a stranger on June 20th, 2007
Stephanie McGoldrick donated a kidney to her father on June 27th, 2007
Janine McLendon donated a kidney to her friend Chris on June 29th, 2007

Fifteenth anniversary:
Brad Erhardt donated a kidney to Jeff Carlson, an unrelated coworker, on June 6th, 2008
Rebecca Bertha donated a kidney to her brother, Greg, on June 10th, 2008
Moish Drelich donated a kidney to his brother, Max, on June 13th, 2008
Denise Pettenger donated "Sidney", one of her kidneys, to her brother, Mark, on June 17th, 2008
Gillian Turner donated a kidney to her husband, Ian, on June 24th, 2008
Beth Johnson donated a kidney to her father on June 26th, 2008
Noby Takaki donated a kidney to her father on June 26th, 2008

Fourteenth anniversary:
Cathy Duke donated a kidney to her brother-in-law, David, on June 4th, 2009
Laura McEvoy donated a kidney to her sister-in-law, Beth Foster, on June 5th, 2009
Mary Villanueva donated a kidney to her brother, Saldemar, on June 10th, 2009
Valentine donated a kidney to her then 14 year old daughter on June 17th, 1988.  Her daughter passed away in 2009
Bill Clarke donated a kidney to his father, Bill Clarke (yes there were confusions in the hospital!), June 23rd, 2009
Liz donated a kidney to her best friend, Jan, on June 24th, 2009
Ellen Billman donated a kidney to Tony, a co-worker turned friend, on June 25th, 2009

Thirteenth anniversary:
Jim Coletti donated a kidney to a friend on June 7th, 2010. Despite early setbacks, both he and his recipient are well
Peggy Zufall donated her left kidney to a co-worker's son on June 8th, 2010
Judy Rottinghaus became a non-directed kidney donor on June 15th, 2010
Kali donated her left kidney to her husband on June 22nd, 2010
Elaine Damo donated a kidney to her cousin, Patricia, on June 29th, 2010
Joey Whisenhunt donated a kidney to his wife on June 30th, 2010

Twelfth anniversary:
Lesley Elder donated a kidney to her ex on June 1st, 2011
Marcus Brooks donated a kidney to his Momma, Marie Johns, in June 2011, despite having to get all the preliminary testing and schedule the surgery in secret, against her wishes
Angela donated part of her liver to her mother-in-law, Aura Puello, on June 2nd, 2011
Jocelyn Sherman donated her left kidney to Dana Stibolt, a recipient she found here on LDO, on June 6th, 2011
Lauren Herschel became a non-directed kidney donor on June 7th, 2011
Lisa Fulcher donated a kidney to her best friend's father, Chuck, on June 9th, 2011
Angelica donated her right kidney to her husband on June 10th, 2011
Erika Garcia donated a kidney to a fellow church-goer on June 13th, 2011
Jenn Hames donated a kidney at Johns Hopkins on June 20th, 2011, in exchange for one her husband received in April 2011
Peter Robinson donated a kidney to his sister, Christina Brooker, on June 28th, 2011

Eleventh anniversary:
Judy Willson donated a kidney to her cousin-in-law, Gary Pate, on June 5th, 2012
Elizabeth Sims donated a kidney to her friend, Fernando Diaz, on June 12th, 2012
Ryan Schaffer donated a kidney to his big brother, Jason Lundell, on June 18th, 2012
Vickie Carmody donated a kidney to her husband, Christopher, on June 19th, 2012
Liz Dailey donated a kidney to her brother, Joe Broin, on June 21st, 2012. "It has been an experience that I will never forget. To be able to give someone that you love a second chance at living a healthy, happy life is an amazing feeling.”
Vicki Whitelaw donated a kidney to her friend, Sarah Key, on June 27th, 2012
Donna Aceto donated a kidney to Erin, her friend, on June 29th, 2012

Tenth anniversary:
Brad Witt donated a kidney to his brother on June 3rd, 2013
Dave donated a kidney to his Dad on June 20th, 2013
Angie A. donated a kidney to her brother, Bill, on June 26th, 2013. Despite his dying 6 months later, she would do it again to give him the five good months he had.
Colleen Glenney donated a kidney as the non-directed leader of a three donor-recipient pairing on June 27th, 2013

Ninth anniversary:
Kristina Wadsworth donated a kidney to Katrina Fullmer on June 3rd, 2014
Cleton Sarmiento donated a kidney to his sister, Angelica Bergado, on June 9th, 2014

Seventh anniversary:
Beth Simpson donated a kidney to her father, Ronald, on June 1st, 2016

Sixth anniversary:
Amanda Hall donated a kidney to her father, Lonnie Brown, on June 26th, 2017


First anniversary:
Michele Valdez became a non-directed kidney donor on June 7th, 2022. She hasn't yet learned anything about her recipient. "It was one of the best decisions." She's now being tested as a liver donor.
Lauren Miller donated a kidney to benefit Karol Frank’s sister Bonnie on June 22nd, 2022.

« Last Edit: June 22, 2023, 05:21:54 PM by Clark »
Unrelated directed kidney donor in 2003, recipient and I both well.
618 time blood and platelet donor since 1976 and still giving!
Elected to the OPTN/UNOS Boards of Directors & Executive, Kidney Transplantation, and Ad Hoc Public Solicitation of Organ Donors Committees, 2005-2011
Proud grandpa!

 

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