Adventures of a Kidney Donor

September 25, 2015

Michigan Libraries for Life 2015

mich lib for lifeOctober is the month for the annual Michigan Libraries for Life campaign. My library, Capital Area District Libraries is participating to

help spread the word about organ donation and to help people sign on to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. From Monday, Oct. 5 to Friday, Oct. 9 you can visit participating CADL libraries* to learn more or to sign up with the Registry. It only takes a few minutes but the impact is enormous! Shout out to our neighbor, East Lansing Public Library is also participating.

About 3,400 people are waiting for a life-saving organ in Michigan today.  Twenty-one people die each day because an organ transplant was not available in time. Your decision to someday donate could save up to eight lives. Your tissue can ease the pain and improve the lives of up to 50 more sick, injured and blind people.

Probably someone you know has been or will be impacted by the need for an organ or tissue. We have several library staff members directly impacted by organ donation:

Bridget cuts the ribbon for the 2015 Greater Lansing Kidney Walk Photo by mikidneywalk

Bridget cuts the ribbon for the 2015 Greater Lansing Kidney Walk
Photo by mikidneywalk

Jon from Information Technology: A few years ago, Jon’s young daughter Bridget was diagnosed with the extremely rare chronic kidney disorder Nephronophthisis which damaged both of her kidneys. Fortunately, Bridget didn’t have to go on the waiting list. Her mom Amy gave her the gift of life, donating one of her kidneys to Bridget.

Kiersten and her 10th anniversary kidney cake!

Kiersten and her 10th anniversary kidney cake!

Kiersten from Circulation was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease several years ago. She had started dialysis when her best friend Theresa stepped up to give her the gift of life in 2003. When Theresa found out she was a match for her friend she had only one thing to say at the time: “Let’s do this!”

If you have been reading my blog posts, you know why I am so passionate about organ donation. My dear friend Jackie bravely battled polycystic kidney disease and dialysis for years. She inspired me to donate a kidney to a stranger in 2011. Thankfully Jackie received a kidney in 2010!

*If you live in the greater Lansing area, visit a participating CADL library or East Lansing Public Library during the campaign. If you are a Michiganian, see if your local library is participating. If not, ask them to join next year!

CADL location and times:

Join the Michigan Registry or Join the Registry in your state.


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October 5, 2013

Michigan Libraries for Life

Filed under: Kidney Donation — by anne315 @ 9:40 am
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mich lib for lifeFor the second time, my library is participating in Michigan Libraries for Life.  The aim is to educate patrons about organ, tissue, and eye donation and to actually help people sign on to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.   Since 2010 this effort has expanded to include public, academic, special, and hospital libraries across the state. From Monday October 7 to Sunday October 13 you can come to participating Michigan libraries to learn more or to sign up with the Registry.  It only takes a few minutes but the impact is enormous!

Bridget and Amy2

Bridget received the gift of life from her Mom Amy

About 3,000 people in Michigan are waiting for a transplant and new hope for life.  Probably someone you know has been or will be impacted by the need for an organ. Here are some of the organ donation stories just from our library employees alone:

• Jon from Information Technology: Jon’s young daughter Bridget was diagnosed recently with the extremely rare chronic kidney disorder Nephronophthisis which damaged both of her kidneys. Fortunately, Bridget didn’t have to go on the waiting list because her mom Amy gave her the gift of life this past summer, donating one of her kidneys to Bridget. A precious gift from mother to daughter!

Larissa from Circulation gave the gift of life to her father two years ago when he developed kidney disease.  She said: “I found out he would have to wait four years to receive a cadaver kidney. Dialysis is very hard on the body, plus it was heartbreaking to see his quality of life decline. So when he went into complete renal failure, I called my parents and offered mine.”

Kiersten and her 10th anniversary kidney cake!
Kiersten and her 10th anniversary kidney cake!

 Kiersten from Circulation was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease several years ago and had started dialysis when her best friend Theresa stepped up to give her the gift of life. This year they celebrated the tenth anniversary of the donation. When Theresa found out she was a match for her friend she had only one thing to say at the time: “Let’s do this!”

  • Wendy from Public Services: “My sister in law needed a kidney last year due to kidney failure and diabetes. Her husband was a perfect match! So the whole family journeyed to Ann Arbor the day of surgery. Took his kidney out and put it in her and she is doing great now… A happy turn out for this family!”
  • Cheryl, Community Library Head:  “At the eleventh hour a close family friend with Cystic Fibrosis received a lung transplant that truly saved her life.  At 46 years of age she has beaten the odds for this disease, in thanks to this transplant.  She is now an avid runner and is a beautiful, brave and strong woman who is forever grateful to her donor.”

Dallas from Public Services: “My mother had a heart transplant at Ann Arbor.  She received the heart of a young man who had died in a car accident.  At the time of surgery, we were told she would live about five more years.  Considering that she was on oxygen and getting weaker every day, this was great news. I remember sitting in the waiting room and watching a team of workers go through with a cooler that held the heart.  Mom’s life quality was pretty bad after the surgery, but I know all of us were thankful for the extra time we had with her.  She was the oldest recipient of a heart at that time…I guess the most amazing part of this is that she lived for fifteen years with a transplanted heart! Whenever I think of the man who gave my mother her extra years, I am thankful.  Every person in our family is a donor!!”

Join the Michigan Registry or Join the Registry in your state.


September 24, 2012

Michigan Libraries for Life

Filed under: Support — by anne315 @ 3:34 pm
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On October 2 and 3 the library where I work is participating in the Michigan Libraries for Life campaign. The campaign is organized through the University of Michigan’s Taubman Health Sciences Library and is meant to offer the public a quick and easy resource for joining the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. U of M was the hospital that performed my surgery so I am very excited that the hospital and my workplace are coordinating in this way.

Academic and Public libraries will be registering organ donors and helping raise awareness on the need for donors during the campaign. From the Michigan Libraries for Life site:

More than 95% of Americans support organ, tissue and eye donation. In Michigan, only 34% of adults have joined the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, far lower than the 43% average nationwide! That discrepancy is largely due to state residents not knowing how to properly sign up. Michigan Libraries for Life helps to address that informational need.

Some FAQs from the site:

Will doctors work as hard to save my life if they know I’m a donor?
Yes, absolutely. This is, perhaps, the number one myth about organ donation. Every effort to save your life will be made before donation is considered or even discussed. By law, the medical team treating you must be completely separate from the transplant team.

How much does it cost to donate?
Nothing. It won’t cost your estate or your family anything if your organs and tissue are transplanted. All procedures related to the donation are covered by Gift of Life Michigan.

Will I still be able to have an open casket at the funeral?
Yes, neither organ nor tissue donation interferes with open casket memorials.

Can minors register to donate?
Yes, but until they turn 18, their parents have the ultimate say in whether they become an organ donor.

Will my religion approve of donation?
Most major religions approve of organ, tissue and eye donation and consider it one of the highest acts of compassion and generosity. View a list of specific religious organizations and their positions on donation.

More information at: Michigan Libraries for Life

To join the Michigan registry go here. To join the registry in your state go here.

Go to List of Resources on Kidney Donation

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