An average kidney transplant lasts between 10-15 years. The kidney Ken received from his mother has lasted over 45 years -- still going strong and looking forward to the future.
Stories of Hope
Jaime is a devoted husband, father, and brother whose faith is so big that he feels blessed that God thought of him when his brother, Ramon, needed a kidney transplant.
A stem cell transplant cured Arash of Diamond-Blackfan Anemia when he was 16. Years later, his stepmother's living kidney donation saved his life. Today, this healthy registered nurse is giving back by volunteering!
What began as a simple problem with his knee, later revealed much more serious issues with his health: he and his mother Lilia learned that his kidneys were failing.
“I still feel very happy to have helped someone else. It was so easy; the recovery time was easy. I would do it again if I could. I wish more people would try to donate.”
A liver donor, a teacher, and an athlete, Damian is living proof that becoming a living donor doesn't have to slow you down.
Dana’s journey with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) started in 1994 with exhaustion and terrible back pain. Thanks to her living kidney donor, she's a whole new woman.
Emily had never met Liz, but when she heard that Liz needed a kidney, she volunteered to be tested and ultimately donated to the woman who is now her friend.
Hayley Resk is a happy, healthy graduate student after receiving a partial liver transplant from the most important person in her life, her mother.
J. Grant is full of surprises. He donated a kidney at age 69, and was soon racking up 1,995 miles on a bicycle tour through every county in Oregon.
Living kidney donor, Jennifer, has a message to share: "Life is precious and life is a gift. By registering to be a donor, you're declaring your hope of being a bridge of life for someone else."