Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Cosentino Family

June 15, 2015

Cosentino Family: In Honor of John Cosentino

Six years ago, John Cosentino made the selfless decision to donate his kidney. Why? “It’s one thing to give back time, talents or money, but I wanted to give back something more meaningful. I decided to become an altruistic kidney donor,” John stated.

John felt fortunate to be in good health throughout his life. His grandmother, who had diabetes, and his father, who passed away from kidney failure, also influenced his decision.

John was one of eight people in the Mayo Clinic’s first four-pair kidney donation chain. Although he never met the kidney recipient, the doctors informed John that the recipient immediately saw the results of the new kidney. “The doctor came in and told me my kidney was doing so well, [the recipient] is amazed how much better he feels already,” John explained.

Since his kidney donation, John has remained an active member of the kidney health community by participating as a team captain at Walk for Kidneys every year for the past five years. He advocates living organ donation because the need is so immense.

“I know for a fact that people don’t know how wide spread kidney disease is,” John said. “I want to show people the numbers of who’s affected.”

In Illinois alone, there are 1.1 million individuals who have kidney disease, and most are unaware. Additionally, kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States killing 90,000 Americans annually.

“I had no issues after [the surgery]. It’s like I never had it removed,” John passionately declared. “It’s one of the best experiences I’ve ever done.”

The Cosentino Family team will participate in this year’s Walk for Kidneys on Sunday, June 21 at Soldier Field. The team has raised more than $1,500 since mid-May and hopes to raise more by the day of the walk.

To make a donation or read more about Cosentino Family’s Walk for Kidneys team, click here. To register your own Walk for Kidneys team, visit www.nkfi.org/events/walk.

About the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois improves the health and well-being of people at risk for or affected by kidney disease through prevention, education and empowerment.