Research shows family patterns affecting risk can predict whether a living donor will develop end-stage renal disease decades after donating a kidney to a related recipient.
Jodi donated her kidney in 2013 as part of a kidney paired exchange at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. “Donating has been one of the most impactful experiences of my life, and I’ve had the good fortune not just to meet my recipient, Julie, and her husband, Ray, but to get to know them well,” said Jodi, who is a wellness coach.
As Dan’s kidneys began to fail, he spent 12 hours a week on dialysis. His stepson saved his life through living donation.
Betsy Walsh, J.D., M.P.H., 2015-16 president of the OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors, has a personal connection to donation. In 1995, she donated a kidney to her older sister.