A Special Appreciation for World Kidney Day
On the last day of August in 1980, Marcia Burke woke up in the intensive care unit at University Hospitals in Cleveland and smiled. She had undergone a kidney transplant after two decades of illness. "When I opened my eyes, I knew something was different. I was going to be healthy now," says Burke. "I went home after the transplant and did things I only dreamt about, like going to a restaurant and eating a normal meal. Simple things."
Marcia will celebrate 35 years since her transplant later this year. She volunteers for Lifebanc and shares her story with middle and high school students, educating them about organ donation.
"There are nearly 125,000 people in this country waiting for organs that won't be here if everyone decides not to donate," says Burke.
Marcia's own gratitude is tremendous. "Because of the transplant, I was able to have my daughter and son," she says. "As they have children, it will all be because of a 16-year-old boy whose family considered organ donation. When my grandchildren have children, it will be because of that 16-year-old. The gift will never end. It will go from generation to generation."
Marcia is a marvelous succes story to celebrate World Kidney Day!