This month we celebrate connection and community with a series of stories that highlight the power of connection to transform communities.
I want to take a moment to celebrate a personal celebration that emerged from connections made at the WRC. This month marks my one year anniversary of donating a kidney to this amazing woman, Amanda Minor. We met through a mutual friend (also connected to the WRC) and over the course of our friendship she joined the team of counselors at the WRC. When it became clear that she was in need of a kidney transplant, I readily agreed to complete the screening and many, many tests later was cleared. We weren’t a direct match, so we went through the National Kidney Registry and became part of a swap donation. Through the miracles of science (and coordination) Amanda now has a kidney from California and a school teacher in Virginia has one of mine.
It was a humbling experience to realize that I could help a friend in this way. I believe that most people– faced with the reality of failing health of a dear friend or family member– would consider doing the same. We have decided to tell our story more publicly because living donation saves lives, and we think that more people might consider donation if they hear real stories of real people they may know personally.
Both Amanda and I are committed to equity, the transformative power of community, and ending domestic violence. Thanks to living organ donation, Amanda will be here– healthy and strong– to continue to fight for justice, educate future counselors, and support survivors of domestic violence.