William B. • Chicago, IL

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I am thankful to blood donors because...

I was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease in January 2003 at the age of 49 and immediately began hemo dialysis and switched to peritoneal dialysis in March. In November of that year I received a kidney from my beautiful wife of 25 years Paula. Our daughter Jenae was a trooper and my greatest supporter throughout the entire ordeal. The transplant surgery required numerous blood transfusions. Paula is truly my soul mate! Not only did her blood type match she was also a 50% tissue match! Today I am in excellent health enjoying the gift of life thanks to blood donors and my soul mate.

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