February 14th: National Organ Donors Day

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 February 14th: National Organ Donors Day

I was so busy Thursday, I didn’t have time to get this blog out. However, on Valentine’s Day I received this email from Barbara, the recipient of my kidney:  

“Today is my 3 month anniversary since my kidney transplant. What a day to celebrate Life and Love. To all those who have made a difference in my new beginning, especially Kris, I say bless you and heartfelt thanks for words, prayers, actions and encouragement. My kidney is doing great and I can't even describe how awesome it is to have a 2nd chance at life. I am getting stronger, walking on a treadmill, driving and so much more.

I think back to when I got the news that I needed a kidney transplant and how afraid I was. My brother had died waiting for a kidney that never came. However, I would never go through that because as soon as Kris learned of my situation, she went and took a blood test that determined we were a match. She called me from the hospital and said, “Barbara, I have your kidney!” I never had to worry if I’d go on dialysis or die waiting for a new kidney.

In addition, it was a year and a half before I reached  kidney failure and Kris never wavered during this long ordeal. She retook all the tests (and there were many), never complaining and always lifting my spirits reassuring me that she was holding onto my kidney until I needed it.

February 14th is not only Valentine’s Day, but National Organ Donor Day and I’m filled with gratitude for Kris' selfless gift that gave me a new life.”



My hope is that Barbara and my story will give hope to those waiting for a kidney and educate family, friends and strangers on how safe kidney donation really is. This has been one of the best experiences of my life and I’ve never had any regrets; the opposite in fact. What’s more profound and meaningful than to save someone’s life?!

If you have any questions on kidney donation or know someone who needs a kidney, feel free to call me @202-602-2562. I will be happy to share my knowledge and experience! So many lives need saving!

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Comments (28)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Recently, we had a lovely broker signing up with us, and had to postpone because she learned that her brother had kidney cancer and she would be donating one of hers.  Thanks to you, I was able to relate to her how well it all worked out for you.  This helped her and the day of the scheduled operation was on the 14th.  Ron and I are crossing our fingers that all is well with both of them...thanks again for sharing this with us...stories like these have many tentacles  that help others. A

Feb 16, 2013 05:22 AM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Kris - your unselfish gift speaks volumes. You have given Barbara a second chance at life. What a tremendous love you have given each other. We should all be as brave and loving as you.

Feb 16, 2013 06:24 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Kristine, you have been my organ donor hero in what you did for Barbara. Just one of the most real life amazing stories I have ever read about. I would hope we all would have the courage to do what you did if we had to.

Feb 16, 2013 06:40 AM
Kathy Stoltman
Balboa Real Estate - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

Kristine, I can't imagine a better gift than what you did for Barbara, I am humbled by your gracious gift to Barbara.

Feb 16, 2013 06:56 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Indeed you are a treasure and I just love that you have shared this story and brought live donors to more attention.

Feb 16, 2013 06:57 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Thank you for sharing this letter. I am happy Barbara is doing so well and there was no comiplications for you. I mthink it is cool Valentine's day is also National organ day. Very appropriate

Feb 16, 2013 08:21 AM
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Barbara's story is truly touching and remarkable.  You certainly have made a positive impact on her life.

Feb 16, 2013 11:22 AM
Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®
DPR Realty LLC - Gilbert, AZ
Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona

What a beautiful story and photograph -- this is really major league!  all the best, Eric

Feb 16, 2013 12:10 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Kris, That is such an unselfish act of love. But isn't that what true love is? You give of yourself and never look back. The world needs more people like you.

Feb 16, 2013 12:24 PM
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

That is so cool Kristine.  So glad that Barbara is doing so well.  Very cool to know there is a national day for this, and picked a wonderful day.

Feb 16, 2013 07:11 PM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

God bless you and all people who have the courage to be a donor.

Feb 16, 2013 07:21 PM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Kris, you are a hero.  I'm sure you would deny that, but it's true.  Barbara is the living breathing (and hopefully for a long time) evidence of your valor.  I do appreciate you keeping us up on the news.  Giving the gift of life is a rare opportunity for anyone, and you have done it graciously.

Feb 16, 2013 09:36 PM
Sondra Meyer:
EXP Realty, LLC - Corpus Christi, TX
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Kris, what an amazing gift to give someone.  The various comments above are so true.  


Thank you for sharing her email and your story.  I hope that you will inspire others to be as brave as you in order to save a life. 


Feb 17, 2013 01:25 AM
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Thank you everyone for all your kind comments! I've read them all and appreciate each and everyone! Rather than comment back individually, I'd rather stop by your blogs and leave a comment there!

Some things to consider:

There are hundreds of thousands of people on dialyses waiting for a kidney.

Most people get a cadaver's kidney giving them a much shorter life span.

People are dying every day because that kidney never comes.

If you donate you will live a completely normal life.

You can go home from the hospital in 2 days!

The recovery time for kidney donation is only 3 weeks!

I have been thru this process and only a week later was able to spend Thanksgiving with my family.

6 weeks later and I was skiing and would never know I had surgery.

If you're not a match to a loved one, you can still save them by entering the kidney exchange program (call me and I'd be happy to tell you more).

I know I've written many posts on my experience but the point is not to tell you what I did, but pass the message on that you too can save a life. Most people aren't aware of the advancements of kidney donations and I hope that in sharing my story someone else's life will be saved! Thanks again, Kristine


Feb 17, 2013 01:46 AM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Kristine, it brings tears to my eyes what you did and how you made such a difference in Barbara's life...you set an example for all of us!  

Feb 17, 2013 02:32 AM
Janice Ankrett
Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

What a wonderful reminder for us all Kristine. I'm so glad to hear you are both doing well. I can see your giving spirit is just as generous when you offer to talk to others.

Feb 17, 2013 05:49 AM
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Kristine ...You are amazing and this is a great reminder to all of us!

I agree with Ginny ....You are a great example to all of us!

Feb 17, 2013 06:34 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

My goodness - it's hard to believe it's already been 3 months. So glad to hear that both of you are doing so well. It sounds as if a new lease on life has given Barbara the incentive to take good care of herself - that's awesome. Good for both of you. 

 I'm so happy Spring is around the corner - I am longing for outside exercise and gardening. :) I know you share both of those loves with me - think about you all the time. ;) 

Feb 19, 2013 12:43 AM
Scott Hayes
(512) 786-8300 - Austin, TX
Realty Austin, Broker Associate



You never cease to amaze me. One of my resolutions is to be back into a reading, and blogging, habit. Your posts are always so inspirational, that they have to be on my things to do list.

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