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Giving the gift of life through blood donation

Thomas was nervous to donate blood for the first time.

When Angela Eaton was 9 years old, her mother was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. Throughout the years, she required many blood transfusions and two kidney transplants. As Eaton grew up, she knew she wanted to help her mom and others like her in any way possible. As soon as she was eligible, she went […]

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

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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

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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.