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Organ donation spurs health career, advocacy
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Sixteen years ago this past July, I was given a second chance at life. I received a new kidney, and because of that generous donation, my life's direction changed forever.I was facing dialysis at the age of 30 because of a hereditary kidney disease. My long-term prognosis was not good. I was placed on the donor list and waited for a match. Through the tragic death of an 18-year-old Minnesota man, I was given the gift of a kidney, while others received his heart, lungs, liver, kidney, cornea, skin and tissue.