What makes someone donate a kidney to a stranger?

Below you can find some examples where altruistic people donated their kidneys to total strangers.

Bethany Goralski and Hannah Goralski

After their dad died in need of a kidney transplant, 2 sisters donate their kidneys to strangers

"I’ve never had any major health issues. I’ve only ever had my wisdom teeth removed so this was my first surgery ... I felt like I bounced back very quickly. I thought why wait, if someone's dying now and I can help them now, hopefully by then when I'm older I'll look back and say, 'I'm glad I didn’t wait." Read more ...

Heather Sherman and Jeff West

Forty-four-year-old Heather Sherman of Jacksonville, Florida, donated a kidney to Jeff West from Boyton Beach, FL

"It’s hard to believe that one person could make such an impact. It’s unbelievable to me to think that I have saved a life." Read more ...

Terri Herrington and Jeffrey Granger

Widow, late husband donate kidneys to same man 16 years apart

"I can’t live off the ‘what ifs’ because then I’m not living. Jeff and I have had the connection with my husband and now we have the connection with mine. It’s even greater." Read more ...

Angela Cuozzo

Angela Cuozzo, a 49-year-old from Albany, N.Y., who gave a kidney to a 25-year-old woman in Bakersfield, Calif.

"When we’re personally touched by something, that’s when we react to it. We should take it upon ourselves to be a little more forthcoming and pay it forward before we’re personally touched by it. We should take it upon ourselves to be a little more forthcoming and pay it forward before we’re personally touched by it." Read more ...

Zully Broussard

Zully Broussard, 57, of California, was about to donate a kidney to a total stranger

"I couldn't wait. It was kind of like you're a kid and you're waiting to go to Disneyland — that type of excitement. You know that this could possibly change someone's life." Read more ...

Jodi

Jodi, an altruistic kidney donor believes that opportunity found her

"After learning more that both kidneys only function at 25 to 35%, I figured, why not? One could certainly absorb the slack of the other and why was I carrying around two kidneys at that point when I could survive and exist just as well on one?" Read more ...

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