January 14, 2016. January is Living Kidney Donor Recognition month in Phoenix, Arizona. Risa Simon, author of Shift Your Fate and founder of the TransplantFirst Academy (TFA) receives signed proclamation from Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. Sharing in the celebration is Jeffery Neff, CEO of National Kidney Foundation of Arizona, Leslie Brown, VP of National kidney Foundation of Arizona and passionate living kidney donors, Kati Walker and Michelle Fulcher. TFA requested the proclamation as a tribute to living kidney donors because it believes that living donors deserve more recognition. Living kidney donation is down 33% nationwide.
Most healthy people don’t realize they can make an immediate impact on someone’s life. Most people don’t know that they don’t have to be dead to donate. Though, living kidney donation is not for everyone. It takes a very special to lean in this direction – and extremely healthy person to qualify. To date, over 2,800 lives have been saved in Arizona because of these brave heroes. They inspire us all to be better people and to do more. They deserve more recognition.