My Kidney Donor
A note from Dawn,
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!
As most everyone knows now, I made an undirected kidney donation on January 27, 2011 ( meaning I let them select the recipient). I went for post- op appointment today and by sheer coincidence, met my recipient in the waiting room! This is Anita... She is thrilled to be my lucky match. Anita was on dialysis 5 days a week for 7 years. Now she is off dialysis completely and says she feels 10 years younger! Hooray for modern medicine! We are both doing great! Picture taken 3 months after transplant
But the story does not end there...
Dawn continues to bless individuals on Facebook with her story of life and unselfish deeds in love of pure human nature to see others thrive. Thanks Dawn as you continue to bless others day by day.