It’s not uncommon to hear of someone needing an organ donation of sorts, but this story is a bit of the exception. In November 2013, West Pierce Firefighter/Paramedic Jo Kummerle’s mother was in need of a kidney donation and the search began for a donor. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a match among family or friends that were tested, so a chain was started. A chain means that someone donates on behalf of the person in need and in this case, Kummerle’s sister donated on behalf of their mother.
In February 2014, the chain began and by the end, 15 kidneys were donated and 30 total people were involved in the process. Kummerle was grateful for her mother’s health benefiting from such a large chain of donations. However, there was something in her that wanted to continue the support of someone else in need.
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