Real patient stories inspire and educate

Amanda Lipsey Donation Stories, From the Founder, Transplant News

Some of our earliest memories are of hearing stories read to us by our parents – fairy tales, fables, adventures, and epic journeys. Storytelling is an innate and universal part of the human experience. Stories help us make sense of our lives, mark important occasions, and share and connect with the people who matter to us. From founding myths like the tale of Romulus and Remus to true accounts of heroism, or even casual stories …

Eldonna Edwards: living kidney donor

Karen Handelman Donation Stories

Eldonna donated to a stranger, but she gained a dear friend San Luis Obispo, CA — When Eldonna Edwards went back to college at age 48, she never expected that the biggest lesson would be one that can’t be learned in a classroom. A chance meeting with a young woman with kidney disease ended up setting Eldonna on a path she never planned to take. Upon learning of her classmate’s probable fate, Eldonna offered to …

Karen Willis: living kidney donor

Karen Handelman Donation Stories

Karen’s story was featured in the documentary The Chain. Ventura, CA – “Many years ago, my husband and I were talking about doing a good deed for someone else,” recalled Karen Willis. “We wanted to help a complete stranger in a big, life-changing way.” Years later, Karen, 48, and her husband Joshua decided on a health-related good deed, and from there the idea of donating a kidney came very quickly. Many people in need of a …

Jessica Conklin: living kidney donor

Karen Handelman Donation Stories

Sacramento, CA — Jessica Conklin spent many years watching her mother suffer from chronic kidney disease. When she was 20, she tried donating her kidney but found she was not a match. “This devastating news made me feel hopeless as my mom grew weaker,” she recalled. By chance, a nurse mentioned the paired exchange program to Jessica after hearing of her inability to donate directly. She referred Jessica to the UC Davis Paired Exchange program which would …

Phillip Palmer: my decision to donate

Amy D. Waterman, PhD Donation Stories

Phillip Palmer, morning anchor for ABC7 in Los Angeles, was inspired to donate a kidney after reading a Sports Illustrated article about then-NBA star and transplant recipient Alonzo Mourning. He resolved then to one day save someone’s life as a living kidney donor. Years later, that person turned out to be longtime friend Dale Davis. Phillip reflects on his living donation journey. Oddly enough, I learned most everything I know about living donation as I …