In 2008, I had the opportunity to donate life to a stranger, by donating my kidney. In that single event, I was able to save not only a stranger's life, but at the same time, save my children's father's life, as he was suffering severe kidney failure. I did plenty of online research that year, prior to donation and learned about paired donation via Alliance for Paired Donation. I was able to participate in what came to be known as a "kidney swap." I was met with much skepticism from my family members and people who worried about the fact that I had young children to care for. However, I knew instinctively, that this was something I had to do, not only to save a life, but to honor my mother's memory, who had lost her battle with cancer. I felt helpless then, but this time, I had the power to make a difference. And so I did.
From that moment on, I made it my mission to spread awareness on how easy it is to save a life. Whether it is through organ donation, blood donation or bone marrow transplants, it is all about educating people and making them aware, that they too, can "save a life" and still be healthy. I believe that we are put on this Earth to make a difference in people's lives and make it better anyway we can. Not everyone can or is willing to donate an organ, but if I can educate just one person and show them how easy it can be to donate life, then, I have made a difference, and to me that's what it's all about! I have posted a few links and videos, so that you can read and learn more on how you too, have the power to save a life!