#repost @onekidneydean 💕SWIPE LEFT 💕July 17, 2017 Dean donated a kidney to Maria, giving her the gift of life. Living Kidney Donors are true heroes and it's so important to recognize their selflessness, bravery, and strength. Thank you Dean for making the decision to be a living kidney donor. I hope your story inspires many others to follow in your footsteps. 👇Captions 👇
👉 Photo 1: "Today is the official one-month mark since I donated my kidney to this amazing person, Maria Angelica. This photo was taken at a dinner her family hosted at their house to show their appreciation, but more than anything it showed me the ripple effect that one altruistic gesture can have. Obviously it affected Maria's life directly, but meeting her kids, her siblings, her neighbors and friends made me realize just how many lives can be touched by something so simple. Truly humbling."
👉 Photo 2: "Sometimes words simply cannot convey the full spectrum of emotions. This is one of those times. After meeting my kidney recipient, Maria, and learning that I gave her four children a chance to be with their mother for just a little while longer, I realized I'd made the right decision to donate.
It wasn't until I got in the car that everything hit me. I cried my eyes out the entire way home. Not tears of sadness, but tears of joy. The joy of knowing that I had impacted someone (and an entire family) in such a meaningful way.
Words will never do this feeling justice."
👉 Photo 3: Transplant Day
👉 Photo 4: "For those of you out there wondering why I made the decision to give away one of my perfectly functioning kidneys, here are two reasons. #1 - I lost my mom unexpectedly in January 2015 (this is one of the last photos I have with her), so I decided if I could do something to help prevent, or at least delay, a similar situation for another family, it was worth it to me. #2 - My niece Jordan shows me how important family is, so once again, if I can help keep a parent around for their child for even a few more years, how could I not do that? For these reasons, this decision was an easy one for me."