Friday, May 8, 2009

Sydney the Kidney

Dame Julian of Norwich

I don't know a lot of folks who name their organs. In fact, this is really a first as far as I know. Sydney the Kidney is not some character on Sesame. Sydney is a gift of life selflessly given from one person to another.

Karny Stefan, who serves with me on the Episcopal Community Services Board, received an email broadcast from a friend whose husband was in need of a kidney. They email asked people to be tested for a match. Karny felt called by God to respond positively. She was a perfect match for Jeff.

Two weeks ago, Sydney "relocated," Karny's terminology, from Karny to Jeff. Jeff's transformation has been remarkable, and Karny has taught us all what it means to be truly good and giving.

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