Giving Herself

Susan called it a midlife crisis; Robert just calls it life.

My friend Susan Matheson was the first in West Michigan to donate a kidney to a stranger. Typically, donors are family members of those who need a transplant, but Susan didn't know Robert, and wouldn't unless he wanted to meet.

He did. Here's the video of this ultimate act of philanthropy: giving life.


  1. I also have a friend who donated her kidney as a living donor. Here's her story if you're interested.

  2. That's wonderful! I first heard about people doing this while writing "A Generous Life" (scroll down at


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