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Unfortunately I could not make the meeting but was told afterwards I had been given an award for my work in promoting living kidney donation. I am so honoured to have received this award and totally took me by surprise when I was told.

I have met some truly wonderful people along the way – donors, potential donors, recipients, medical staff and everyone that is connected with living donation.

I still get very excited when potential donors contact me and so proud and honoured to be able to be there for them. When I hear that they have donated I cannot help but shed a tear of pure joy and happiness that someone has given part of themselves to help save another’s life.

If anyone is considering donating a kidney, either to someone they know, or to a total stranger – I am here for you. I found my donation process emotionally lonely as only someone who has donated can truly know how we feel inside πŸ™‚ ….. to be able to share feeling with someone who “understands”, or just ask questions about the donation process, can be hugely helpful and I am here for anyone who wants to make contact. You can use the “contact” link at the top of the page to privately make contact if you wish πŸ™‚

Again, I am soooo chuffed to get this award. I was not able to make the meeting but will be presented with it in the near future. All I could say when I was told was to keep repeating the word “wow” πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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2 Responses to “Award for raising awareness of living kidney donation”

  • Well done Di. And I didn’t know about this award for you when I wrote on the 1,000th altruistic donation page!

    But I still think it’s more difficult for altruistic donors than the rest of us who know who has our kidney – we can see the benefits to them!

  • Diane:

    Hi Matthew,
    I actually thought of you when I was told about the award …. I thought someone has psychic powers πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Just a shame I could not have been there to receive it, but non kidney related health issues prevented me from travelling. I am well chuffed at the award though, its great to realise all my hard efforts are appreciated. That came out a bit wrong, sounds like it has all been an effort, lol. But it isn’t. I love helping people and especially being asked to be part of the donation journey.

    All the best to you
    Di
    x

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