A special gift for my only child – one of my kidneys


Josephine “Josie” Greco was born via an emergency C-section at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown. She should not have survived her traumatic birth. But, she did. On her seventh day of life, Josie and I were transferred to the NICU at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron.

Music heals his soul while dialysis cleans his blood


The repetitive “woosh-woosh-bump” sound of the dialysis machine fills the room as 19-year-old Chris Blackwell sits tethered to the machine for four-hour stints three times a week. He has been receiving dialysis since he was diagnosed two years ago with chronic kidney disease.