Ultimate frisbee friendship leads man to kidney transplant

Every Thursday, Sam Moses heads to the park for ultimate frisbee practice. That ended in 2021 when he had to go on dialysis, but one of his teammates, Emily Brixey, volunteered to be his kidney donor. The surgery was November 17, and just three months later, both Moses and Brixey were back playing ultimate frisbee.

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Kidney transplant from fellow Hokie saves VT professor’s life

Yang Zhang, Associate Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech, suffered from chronic kidney disease since he was a teenager and needed a kidney transplant. He posted on Facebook in search of a donor and received 33 responses, including one from Annie Chalmers-Williams.

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Maine man receives life-saving kidney transplant after 23-year wait

Todd Dostie was 21 when he first learned his kidney was failing and he would need a transplant. Eight years after his first transplant, he needed another one, but this time he faced a 100% rejection rate. Just before Christmas 2022, about 30 years after his first transplant, his doctors found a match.

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Two strangers become close friends after kidney donation

Amanda Hayhurst had no intention of being a kidney donor until she read Vonchelle Knight’s story. While at her oldest son’s tae kwon do class, Hayhurst spotted a sign that read “please help us save our mom.”

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This Is Iowa: An Iowa woman’s surprising connection to her kidney donor

When Debbie Kooker received a new kidney, she had no idea who the donor was. Her donor,Kara Wallace, is only 20 years old. Her family has been close to Debbie’s family for decades, and Kara knew her gift had to be top secret because Debbie would have tried to talk her out of it.

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Stranger’s gift of organ donation; ‘Here’s helping a friend’

When Ira Hadnot needed a kidney transplant, her brother, Kelvin, wanted to donate but couldn’t. Kelvin’s boss, Gina Micheli, told Kelvin she wanted to be Ira’s donor. “He didn’t ask her, we didn’t put up a billboard, we didn’t go on TV,” Ira exclaimed. “She just stepped forward and volunteered, and it was a match!”

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A life-saving gift

It was during the Lenten season in 2022 that Dr. Christine Gaynier received an email from a longtime friend of her mother. The message was about the friend’s 17-year-old son, Will, who needed a kidney transplant and was looking for a donor. Gaynier, a local family medicine physician, wanted to help.

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