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Michelle MacKinnon

Mother, wife, living kidney donor

Michelle MacKinnon is a mother, wife and living kidney donor who also teaches Taekwondo as the head instructor at Kicks for Kids. In 2011, she tragically lost her son who was suffering from kidney disease on the day she was supposed to donate her kidney to him. In 2015, she donated her kidney to a stranger, two-year-old Taylum, who had been on dialysis since he was 10 weeks old. She has devoted her life to helping other families coping with kidney disease. For more information, please visit DavidGregoryFoundation.com.
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I Became An Organ Donor After Losing My Son To Kidney Disease

After months of re-scheduling cancelled appointments, my son David had now been on dialysis 12 hours a day, seven days a week for almost a year. After being told that another couple of weeks wouldn't make a difference for him, his transplant was moved yet again from May 11 to June 8. But another two weeks did make a difference for David; he suffered a stroke on June 5 and died on the very day I was to donate my kidney to him. But the story doesn't end there.
03/10/2016 12:53 EST
Catherine Lane via Getty Images

I Became An Organ Donor After Losing My Son To Kidney Disease

After months of re-scheduling cancelled appointments, my son David had now been on dialysis 12 hours a day, seven days a week for almost a year. After being told that another couple of weeks wouldn't make a difference for him, his transplant was moved yet again from May 11 to June 8. But another two weeks did make a difference for David; he suffered a stroke on June 5 and died on the very day I was to donate my kidney to him. But the story doesn't end there.
03/10/2016 12:53 EST