Before his transplant, Evan Simms spent his entire short life on dialysis. Now he is a healthy, happy 3-year-old because of a perfect stranger who in 2011 decided to donate her kidney to him. Megan Craig just wanted to do something nice for someone in need, and donating a kidney seemed like a good way to do that. She signed up to be the first donor in a paired exchange and was a match for Evan.
Just over a year later, Evan is making up for time he lost in hospitals. He has a big, loving family and can almost always be found wearing a different hat. Evan's family shows their gratitude by raising money for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.
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Kenneth's life was never the same after receiving his kidney transplant. Just a few short months after the surgery, Kenneth enrolled in Malcom X College's Nephrology Renal Technology program with the goal of helping dialysis patients.
"I've always wanted to go back to school and get my degree," said Kenneth. "After I received my transplant, I've been really motivated. I see myself helping a lot of people."
On May 3, 2013, Kenneth graduated. He's looking forward to working with veterans on dialysis and using his unique experience as both a patient and provider to help others.
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