I would like to let all of my blog readers know that I am about to venture into a new realm of philanthropy:  organ donation.

On December 18th at 7:30 a.m., I am going into voluntary surgery for kidney procurement.  As a part of a larger donor chain, my kidney will go to a stranger, a fifteen-year-old young man, for whom I am a good match.

My participation allows my Uncle to receive a kidney from a stranger, who is a good match for him.  This surgery just happened on Monday, December 14th.  Everything went well.

I am looking forward to my surgery on Friday.  I will be in the hospital 4-6 days post-surgery.  My total recovery may take about 4 weeks.  So, I hope to be back to my regular routine mid-January.

So, now you know if the blog starts to look empty over the next month or so…I will be back and blogging just as soon as I am able!

I am sharing this information for a few reasons.

  1. The surgery and recovery will disrupt my regular blogging.
  2. Though my blog is professionally oriented, I think it is important to express myself personally, as well.
  3. Organ donation is a particularly interesting issue within the realm of philanthropy.  Post-surgery, I will be blogging more about it.

If you are interested in better understanding how a donor chain works, check out “Non-directed Donation & Donor Chains” on the following webpage:  http://www.kidneyregistry.org/living_donors.php

If you are interested in this particular donor chain, check out an article in the Indy Star Article.

If you have specific questions or issues you would like me to cover about organ donation, please let me know by leaving a comment!

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