The day finally came when Gary was able to meet his kidney donor, Dan Porter, by phone. Dan is a very religious man. We could tell that his faith weighed heavily into his decision to make a life saving kidney donation. He is the 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron base energy manager at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia. Dan originally set out to donate his kidney to his co-worker, Carissa. When he discovered they were not a match he and Carissa entered into a Paired Kidney Exchange. Within 4 hours (it usually takes up to 11 hours) Dan was matched up with Gary in Madison, WI and his co-worker was matched up with a donor in Minnesota. In total, the Paired Kidney Exchange had 6 pairs of donors and recipients. Dan sent us some videos and articles about his story. See links below.
Our Hero – Gary Meets His Kidney Donor
We are blown away by the love and humanity of this generous and compassionate human being, Dan Porter. We are so grateful for his gift of life. Amen.