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Living donor’s purpose-driven life

By Lara Malbon / September 17, 2020

“In life, you have to know your purpose,” these are wise words from Richmonder Christopher Woody, Sr.  In 2013, Woody donated his kidney to his 13-year-old cousin saving his life. Woody didn’t hesitate to get screened to see if he was compatible to donate to him, and once he learned he was a match, he…

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Daughter saves mom’s life with kidney donation

By Lara Malbon / May 6, 2020

“What would I not give to my mom,” exclaims Erica! Erica Jackson and her mother Milagros Jackson have a close mother-daughter bond, but they also share another unique bond. That is because Erica donated a kidney to her mother in 2015. “It’s very possible that I could have lost her,” Erica remembers. Milagros had kidney…

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A mother’s love: Son saved with kidney donation

By Lara Malbon / April 21, 2020

When Brandi Larson was pregnant with her now five-year-old son Alex, she learned he was going to need a kidney transplant. Alex had Caudal regression syndrome, a disorder that impairs the lower development of the body. The kidneys are often malformed. Without hesitation, Brandi wanted to be his living donor. She had the support of…

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Alexandria woman uses social media to find living donor

By Lara Malbon / March 31, 2020

Malkia White needs a kidney transplant to save her life.  In November 2017, she learned she was in renal failure after having chronic kidney disease most of her life. When she was a child, Malkia was diagnosed with Berger’s Disease, a condition that damages the glomeruli inside your kidneys. “I want to live to spend…

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Minister grateful for his second chance at life

By Lara Malbon / March 9, 2020

“The journey really took off after the transplant,” shares Dr. Patrick Gee. “Everything I went through with this transplant. Everything that I went through while I was on peritoneal dialysis. Everything that I went through with being hard-headed and not wanting to take care of myself led to divine intervention.” In 2003, Patrick was diagnosed…

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