PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Five people from across the country who donated kidneys to strangers gathered at Philadelphia City Hall this past week to publicize the need for more donors.
“My left kidney is gone. I didn’t need it. God gave me two, and I figured he gave me two so I could give one away,” said donor Jan Guzik from San Diego
May is National “Donate to Save a Life Month.” Guzik joined other donors to publicize the National Kidney Registry, which has facilitated 274 kidney transplants since its inception in 2008.
Another donor appearing was Angela Stimpson of Schenectady, New York, who says donating was an unbelievable experience.
“I would encourage anybody to consider it. It’s a very, very small sacrifice, couple pokes of a needle and I feel fantastic today,” adds Stimpson. “It was the most fulfilling experience of my life.”
The organization, found at kidneyregistry.org, says 5,000 Americans die each year waiting for a kidney.
Reported By Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio