Lessa Ennis
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I donated a kidney through the Alliance for Paired Donation. My stepfather needed a kidney but I was not a blood match. The APD paired us with another couple and we exchanged kidneys.
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At 7:57am on May 9, 2012, Karen Weddick said…
At 1:19pm on May 9, 2011, Sue R. said…
Hope you have a very special day Leesa!!!
At 1:16am on May 9, 2011, Karen Weddick said…
At 7:37pm on October 6, 2010, Marjorie Miller said…
What a wonderful gift you've given. My mom gave me one of her kidneys in June. She gave me life twice. We need more people like u. How is yr step father?
At 3:31pm on August 29, 2010, Tracy & Nancy said…
Oh that is so way cool~~~APD sounds like an awesome program...another great option :)
At 8:49am on August 26, 2010, Holly Werlein (Holdol) said…
Lessa, I just wanted to say hi and welcome you to the Cafe! This site is amazing and you will find so much support and meet a lot of wonderful people here. Your amazing for giving the gift of life! Thank you :) Click here to join my kitchen for some yummy recipes and tips on how to stay healthy! Also, click here for a helpful link to show you around the cafe. Hope all is well. Take care and enjoy the site....
At 3:35am on August 23, 2010, Karen Weddick said…
Hi there Lessa:
I’d like to welcome you to the Transplant Café. You are now a member of a warm, friendly, supportive, caring, understanding, sensitive and informative site. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll be glad to help you out. So glad you are here and again welcome to the Transplant Café. Also, if you could please add a photo of yourself or something that represents you or your experience with transplantation, or a pet, etc. to your profile so we can get to know you better. It's really easy! Just click this link for the new members guide where you'll find instructions on how to add a photo.
Here’s a link that might help you get started:
www.transplantcafe.com/forum/topic/show?id=2024407:Topic:2985
Take care,
Karen
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