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Kim Bradshaw, Kidney Recipient and Volunteer Coordinator

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Donor Moms Practice What They Preach

 

Sometimes friendships and life-long bonds come from the most surprising circumstances. Two donor moms, connected for more than a decade by heartbreaking loss, are now connected to one another in a whole new way.

Photo: Donor Moms Cheryl Manley and Stephanie Baker 

Donor Moms

A “Donor Mom” is one who has suffered the loss of a child that gave the gift of life by sharing their organs and tissues. In many cases, a person makes the choice to register as an organ donor in  hopes to save lives through the gift of life, but in some cases - especially children’s - the family is approached by a care coordinator to make the choice on their behalf.

Cheryl Manley and Stephanie Baker each lost a child in traffic accidents - 

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How Do I Pray for a Organ Donor? - Thoughts from a Kidney Recipient

At 13 years old, I was diagnosed with Lupus. The doctors told me that someday I would be on dialysis, unless of course I received a kidney transplant. Being a child, I hardly understood what any of that would entail and didn’t really give it much thought… that is, until the day came for my dialysis to start. At 19 years young I was on the verge of death.

Dialysis Makes Everything Different

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The Living Donor Protection Act: What You Need to Know and How to Help

Photo: Flickr (Leo Grübler)

Living organ donation is on the rise, however, there may be unforeseen obstacles ahead for the living donor... unless the guidelines for FMLA can be improved, that is.

Currently the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) does not specify that living organ donors can take unpaid leave to recover from their donation, or guarantee that living donors will have a job waiting for them after surgery. In many cases the living donor’s employer’s company policy and health insurance plan has the final say as to exactly what the employee can expect to happen if they decide to become a living organ donor. At this time there is no protection against discrimination for the living organ donor in regards to purchasing individual health insurance, which every American citizen is now required to have. Some insurance carriers consider living organ donation to be a “pre-existing” condition, thereby either charging higher rates or denying coverage altogether to the living donor.

The High Cost of Being a Living Donor

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