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Team Lizzie Porter

Team Lizzie Porter

Why We Walk

This year, our team has joined others throughout the country to fight against kidney disease. On August 27, 2022 we’ll walk for our loved ones, colleagues or friends who cope with this devastating chronic illness each day – and for those who lost their fight too soon.
 

My Story:
Lizzie Porter was getting ready to finish her senior year of high school and graduate, when she was told “your kidney is failing.” That wasn’t the end of her story.

Over the next ten years, Lizzie was in and out of remission, had numerous doctor appointments and worked on staying healthy. In February 2019, her kidneys took a hard hit – one they would never recover from. This is where her cousin, Sarah, enters the picture.

Since she was a teenager, Sarah Porter, knew she wanted to be a living organ donor. When Lizzie first got sick in 2012, the cousins joked that if Lizzie ever needed a kidney, Sarah would give it to her. Never in their wildest dreams did they think those words would ring true.

When Lizzie was added to the registry, Sarah was adamant she would donate her kidney to her cousin. Sarah and her sister were tested and went through the screening process, shocked to find they were both a match.

On November 30, 2021 – Sarah gave Lizzie the ultimate gift of life and shares “this is the greatest thing I will ever do.” Today, Lizzie shares how she “finally feels alive” ten years after her original diagnosis and three long years of suffering. Six months following the surgery, both Lizzie and Sarah have returned to their normal lives; both happy and healthy!

We invite you to join us and help raise awareness about kidney disease and the importance of organ donation. 

I walk to support the lifechanging work of the National Kidney Foundation:
     - To ensure that families will have a place to turn when they need answers.
     - To encourage others to learn about donation and spread information about the miracle of living donation.
     - To drive innovation in transplantation and get more people battling this disease off the kidney transplant waitlist.


 
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