Being a living kidney donor is a scary concept, but one that more and more people are realizing that the choice makes a very real impact on many lives each day.
A father of two first realized that he wanted to be a donor when he heard that a distant family member was searching for a kidney. While they received a kidney from another donor, the idea stuck with him. A second time, his wife’s coworker began searching for a kidney and he decided to get tested. They weren’t a match, but the doctors were impressed with his health and informed him that, if he chose to, he was healthy enough to donate to someone else.
He then heard about a cousin who needed a kidney, but due to complications, he couldn’t donate to them either.
That’s when he decided something important: wasn’t all life worth saving? It didn’t need to be a family member. So the transplant center found a match, a 63-year-old father who still had a lot to live for.
The man, who remains nameless for privacy, wrote a thank you note to his donor.
Hello, my name is [redacted]. I am 63 years old and I have a son named S. When S. was 6 years old his mother passed away after battling cancer for 5 years. This has put me and my son very close. After many years I remarried a lady named [redacted]. We live on a small farm in a town called [redacted].
I now have 3 grandsons named [redacted], [redacted],and [redacted]. My son and my 3 grand sons are my life, I do not do anything without one of the 4. Because of the gift you gave me on Jan 5th 2017 I think I will get to see more basketball games, more baseball games, and more football games.
I really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, because of you I am going to have a better and longer life.
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