DAWN LUNSFORD KANARISH KIDNEY DONOR I am sure you would wonder how a person could arrive at the decision to undergo surgery and share an organ with a stranger. For me it started with one of my favorite restaurants: Tierra, on Piedmont Road (tierrarestaurant. com). While I didn’t know him personally, the owner Dan had polycystic kidney disease and needed a transplant.  He and his wife were taking their need to the public. He placed an ad in the AJC seeking a willing and donor match. I am fortunate to enjoy robust good health.  Just having a familiar face identified with the subject was enough to motivate me. Unfortunately, I was not the correct match but he did find a donor.  I saw the result of his much improved health and figured if I could offer a kidney to Dan, I could offer it to someone else just the same. And here we are. Our change meeting was proof I made the right decision and my kidney went to the right person.   Wishing you good health and long life Anita Harper!

 CANDACE B. CLAY - KIDNEY DONOR Candace B. Clay, was blessed by God to be healthy enough to donate a kidney to her younger brother in May 2003.  Many view the recipient as the blessed one. She truly believes it is always more blessed to give than to receive. One aspect of her motivation to become a nurse was the care her family received along the journey to becoming a living kidney donor. One of her favorite quotes is from the late Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel”.  Her goal is to be an encourager, and her smile is her signature.