Do you know the name, Margery Lipenski? Well, all of the over 120,000 Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients on the Kidney Transplant Waiting List should become aware of her story because it is a symbol of hope as well as a shifting mindset for many everyday people who want to make a major and lasting difference in the lives of those with Chronic Kidney Disease by offering a Kidney Transplant.
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After Margery's story was reported by major media outlets like the New York Post, CBS News, Fox News, Fresno Bee, Ithaca Voice and others, she directly initiated correspondence with KidneyBuzz.com (the number one resource for Daily News and Information in the Chronic Kidney Disease Community) to share her generous action of traveling from Ithaca to New York City (approximately 4 hours apart) for the sole purpose of donating a Kidney to a complete stranger. She wrote in an email to KidneyBuzz.com and said, " I went to the New York-Presbyterian, well Cornell Medical Center and donated a kidney to a gentleman who I met literally 2 hours prior to surgery."
KidneyBuzz.com is not only highlighting Margery's story because she directly asked us, but also because it underscores the reason that a rapidly growing number of donors choose to donate as well as a new hope for the Chronic Kidney Disease Community:
Firstly, a growing number of individuals like Margery want to help Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients who are in need of a Kidney Transplant. She told the New York Post, "I feel that, at this point in my life, I want to do something to help somebody else. It’s just what I want to do. If I can enhance someone else’s life by doing this, then that’s what it’s going to be.”
What's more, Living Kidney Donors also feel an unmatched gratification when they know they contributed to saving and greatly improving another person's life through the highly selfless act of Kidney Donation. Margery alludes to this in her email to KidneyBuzz.com, "This has been the most amazing journey of my entire life...I feel so blessed to have been able to complete this journey."
Often, Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients underestimate how powerful the joy of selfless donation is for so many people, and patients can fall into depression, despair, and hopelessness. Some patients ask, "Why would someone donate their kidney to me?" Others figure, "My story is not 'special' that would never happen for me," or "I'm too old for someone to want to be my Living Kidney Donor." Yet, patients should realize that Living Kidney Donors offer to help Chronic Kidney Disease patients of all ages with different backgrounds. More people are becoming familiar with Living Kidney Donation and more healthy candidates are stepping forward.
Margery, for instance, donated to Jerry Fox, a 68-year-old father of three; diagnosed with kidney disease nearly four years ago. Others have received kidneys who have physical/mental disabilities, and other underlying diseases. What is most important is to share your story so that kind-hearted individuals such as Margery may come across it and consider donating. If you need help telling or sharing your story, then click here.
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KidneyBuzz.com continues to be a leader in sharing information about Living Kidney Donation and encouraging those who are healthy to consider donating a kidney and helping others in the Chronic Kidney Disease Community. Help us with this effort by (1) leaving a comment on this article with your blood type, (2) Liking this article on Facebook and (3) sharing this article with family members and friends on social media and asking them to do the same. Margery 's story is touching, offers a lot of hope for patients, and could help to encourage others to become Living Kidney Donors. Click here to listen to Margery's interview with a local radio station, 95.9 WHCU FM.
Fill out the below e-card to thank Margery for her bravery, courage and inspiration. Be sure to Like KidneyBuzz.com while you are there, and consider following the over 115,000 monthly visitors on KidneyBuzz.com for your Number One (1) source of Daily News, Information, Impact Meals, Inspirational Quotes, and tailored Products and Services which teach Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Diabetes and High Blood Pressure patients how to better manage and improve their lives.
Thank you for your selfless donation. It has personally touched me and hopefully you will serve as a reference to others.