Great first person account on donating a kidney http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DRX607JIJwuM&h=bAQE3pKidAQHNK_WdtaceJLh3-Fm9JK_JS2bVtNwJDivpWA
So glad Tom Brady has jumped on the organ donation bandwagon….it is something that is great for people in need of an organ for a couple of reasons. First it may prompt people to inquire if they could be a living donor, planting a seed that may lead them to donating. Second it helps bring awareness to the need for organs to be donated. Third it may prompt people to register to donate when they die….It does show that celebrity endorsements of being an organ/tissue donor helps and it is an angle that I would love to tap into. Can you imagine if Lady Gaga got her billion little monsters to register? Who can you reach out today and ask to help spread the Donate Life word?
Here is the link to the 15min documentary of Anne’s transplant…done very well, http://vimeo.com/33405248 enjoy
This is the link for WBZ news story…. http://boston.cbslocal.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=6511919
http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/12/02/calling-all-kidneys-social-media-helps-save-local-moms-life/ Here is the news story recently seen on WBZ Boston nightly news, great way to show how social media help us find a donor….
In case you missed it, here is the link to the video on Calling All Kidneys journey that I played at the 11/18 fundraiser. Thanks again for all your support and love we look forward to being a part of other success stories! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=vb.179980015370364&type=2
http://www.wickedlocal.com/danvers/topstories/x2003967461/Danvers-family-gives-thanks-for-gift-of-life#axzz1exFNlzwP Here is the link to a follow up story in the Danvers Herald. Kids were pretty excited when they saw their picture on the front page. We enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving this year and Anne’s kidney function is doing great, Bean is a nice addition and living up to her reputation of being an overachiever. Many of you noticed at our fundraiser that there was a large man with a video camera filming the entire night, that man is John Tait who is doing a documentary on organ donation detailing three stories of people going through the process. John filmed us during the pre-op testing, just prior to surgery and post recovery. We are excited to have been a part of this project and look forward to using it to help spread the importance of organ donation and the positive impact it has. During the next few months this page will be shifting from it’s original intention of seeking a kidney for Anne to an informational page for others beginning the process along with links to help educate potential donors. We welcome any suggestions, ideas or comments on how to help others…..Thanks for your support and we look forward to being a force within the kidney community!
Now that we have found Anne a kidney, let’s keep the information and stories flowing. During our search and along the way others had helped me by giving advice and encouragement, I hope we are able to do the same. Not exactly sure how this will play out or what we will be able to offer, but others such as John and Rebecca Jennings from “Veteran seeking a kidney” FB page want to be part of increasing awareness for living kidney donation. So things may be a little slow as we get a few people back up to speed, but stayed tuned as our page may change slightly……Thank you for your support and look forward to the future!
Donate Now-Be a living donor
Donate Later-Be a organ/tissue donor upon death
Please click on the above link for Facebook invitation to our Fundraiser/Celebration night at Beverly Franco-American Club 11/18/11. Here is the flyer if you would like to share with your friends Calling_All_Kidneys_Fundraiser
So much going on this week, both Anne and Jennifer are doing great. Jennifer is resting at her parents home after leaving the hospital yesterday. Anne should be coming home tomorrow. “Bean” has been exceeding expectations and has kicked it in high gear, bringing Anne’s creatine level from 5.7 pre-transplant to todays level of .91, so remarkable. We look forward to a great night filled with some awesome auction/raffle items. Not too late to jump on board and enjoy this ride, share with your friends, let them know of our success story. It truly was a group effort that led us to where we are now and I could never express my true gratitude to everyone…but I will say this, THANK YOU