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Today is National Donor Day: More than 100,000 people
are waiting for a life-saving organ donation
Photo credit Bil Sullivan/Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital

Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital’s 200th live-donor kidney recipient of 2016
was Chané Gildon, whose new kidney was donated by best friend Stephenie Gardiner.
Article By Empowering Everyday Women News

February 14, 2017

In late December in San Antonio, Texas, a 36-year-old mother of three from Jefferson City,
Missouri, gave her best friend the most precious gift of all: a healthy kidney and the promise of a
new life for the New Year.

The prospect of dialysis three-to-four times a week, for an estimated four hours per treatment, did
not fit into the life Chané knew she wanted for herself and her daughters. She chose to pursue a
transplant. But it was not easy.

Chané's doctor suggested she seek a living kidney donor. After her mother and brother were
tested in September and found to be incompatible, Chané told Stephenie the devastating news,
seeking only solace from her best friend. Instead, Stephenie offered her a kidney.

In late November, Stephenie was tested and deemed a match, and on December 23, a few days
after Chané's 40th birthday, the live donor kidney transplant took place.

Chané's story has a happy ending, but for many people waiting for organ donation, it doesn't end in
joy and life.

On February 14th, while most celebrate Valentine’s Day, don't forget that it's also National Donor
Day, which is set aside to bring awareness of the need for organ donation, to recognize those who
have given the gift of donation, received a donation, and are currently waiting to receive a
donation.  

National Donor Day is supported by donation and healthcare nonprofits across the country and the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  

Did you know that every ten minutes in the United States, someone is added to the national
transplant list? Roughly 119,000 people are on the list as of early February 2017, and nearly
100,000 of them are waiting for a kidney. There are not enough organ donors, living or deceased,
to reduce that alarming figure.

Furthermore, in 2016, African Americans accounted for 30% of the overall organ donation waiting
list, and 33% of the kidney list, despite being only 13% of the US population.

If you want to help, you can register to be a donor.

Donate Life America, a 501(c)3 nonprofit alliance of national organizations and Donate Life State
Teams across the United States, will assist you.

The organization is committed to increasing the number of donated organs, eyes and tissue
available for transplant to save and heal lives.
Copyright © 2017-2020 Empowering Everyday Women Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.
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