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Back to Square One

The Journey Continues

Release Date: 10/12/2021

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The Journey Continues

Laurie Lee and Dan Dickinson are the father-daughter duo behind Transplant Village.  As a kidney donor and liver recipient, their experiences help them guide and coach others facing a transplant or considering living donation. In honor of National Donor Sabbath, they want to lovingly dedicate this episode to Dan’s deceased liver donor and Laurie’s kidney recipient saying “they are strangers to us but they both play a vital role in this family story about giving and receiving.”

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In this episode from Gift of Hope’s podcast “Let’s Talk Hope” guests Dr. Catalina Ramos-Hernandez and Jennifer Aguilar of the Illinois Transplant Fund continue the discussion about the financial, cultural, and language barriers that Latino patients can face when in need of a life-saving transplant.

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Organ failure doesn’t care about immigration status.  So when Gerardo Huerta’s wife needed a life-saving kidney transplant, the Illinois Transplant Fund (ITF) was there to help. ITF founder Kevin Cmunt shares the inspiration behind their important work for which Gerardo and his family are so profoundly grateful.   For more information about the Illinois Transplant Fund, visit 

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Jody Wilkey donated a portion of her liver in 2019. When she heard Renee Sample needed a kidney, she didn’t hesitate to volunteer to donate again. But one phone call took them back to square one.  

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A diagnosis of kidney failure can be frightening to anyone. To a busy nurse and mom like Christine Hernandez, it can turn your whole world upside down. Christine and her son and caretaker Julian share how their family is venturing into the unknown, together.  

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Hot Topics in Kidney Health is a podcast from the National Kidney Foundation that highlights the latest in kidney research, dispels myths, and brings you up-to-date news in kidney care. This episode is all about plant-based diets and the benefits for kidney patients.  If you like this episode, subscribe to Hot Topics in Kidney Health wherever you like to listen to podcasts.

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Dawn Williamson is the first smiling face folks see when they step into  offices. With her calming presence and bright smile, visitors might never guess that she too is waiting for a life-saving transplant. She chats with Monica about staying positive while she waits. 

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Angelique’s world was turned upside down when doctors told her she had only days to live unless she received a liver transplant. She and her twin sister Angenette knew her story was not going to end in that hospital bed 28 years ago.

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August is Minority Organ Donation Awareness Month. For our inaugural episode, we are highlighting the story of organ donor hero Mario Cousins, as told by his mother Emma O’Neal and his grateful heart recipient Pam Morris Walton.  

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Kevin Lee is the Chief Organ Operations Office for Mid-America Transplant - the organ procurement organization for Southern Illinois and Missouri. He dispels common myths about organ donation and shares an exciting update about The Family House.    To learn more about Mid-America Transplant, visit .

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Jody Wilkey donated a portion of her liver in 2019. When she heard Renee Sample needed a kidney, she didn’t hesitate to volunteer to donate again. But one phone call took them back to square one.