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Facebook: Helping Kindney Recipients Find Kidney Donors

Happy New Year everyone! This week we bring you a touching story to start the new year off on a positive note.

Not only has Facebook and other social media sites become a place to share photos or interactive with friends, but they’re quickly becoming a go-to place to find kidney donors. Yes, kidney donors! According to people asking for help and some national organizations that facilitate matches, social media sites are new extensions to the way we communicate and therefore, another outlet to help located these willing participants.

Damon Brown, 38, is a husband and father of two. Brown and his wife, Bethany, created a Facebook page telling his story under the name, “Damon Kidney.”  His page has attracted more than 1,400 friends, according to the Huffington Post. Brown’s family and friends forwarded the page to everyone they knew and today, January 3rd, a woman that his wife has known for years, but not someone they considered a close family friend, became his donor! The transplant was approved and scheduled weeks ago, but today it finally became a reality.

Jacqueline Ryall, 45,told the Huffington Post that she wanted to donate her kidney to Brown to give back her own good health and all she has been given. Ryall is not a mom, but she expressed she wanted to do this for Brown’s beautiful kids because they deserve to have a dad around.

Brown was on the official transplant list for a kidney from a deceased donor through Northwest Kidney Centers, but would have to wait at least 3 years before he’d be called. Not many people know that kidney and liver donations can be given by living donors. In 2010, 16,800 kidney transplants were performed in the United States, of which 6,277 came from living donors, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing.

Thankful for the generosity of Ryall, Brown says he sees a happy ending coming for himself and would like to do whatever he can to help others, according to the Huffington Post.

To read more of this article, please use the link below. Thank you all for reading! Until next week …

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/01/for-some-in-need-facebook_n_1178645.html

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