How “Women On A Mission" started
On December 28, 2004, Jeanette's brother Anthony passed away. That night they received a call from Upstate
In January, 2006 Tina Long was searching for a kidney for her Dad and came across a website that Jeanette had posted to. Tina emailed her to see if she would like to be in the exchange program. Jeanette would give her kidney to Tina’s Dad and in exchange, Tina would donate her kidney to Jeanette’s son. Unfortunately, the blood types were wrong for that to happen but it inspired the donor exchange section of this website. Jeanette's son Paul had been refused a living kidney donor at
When Patti and Diane heard the story and realized the injustice of it, they immediately decided that something needed to be done. We formed "Women On A
Paul's donor, William Thomas, found on www.matchingdonors.com, was the first internet transplant in Buffalo thanks to the new policy. Thank you to Paul Dooley at Matchingdonors - because of your innovative way of thinking "outside the box" hundreds of lives have been saved. I, Paul's Mom, will be eternally grateful to you and your website and to Bob Hickey, the first matchingdonors.com internet transplant recipient, for coming to Jamestown and helping to make the policy change possible.
The next step was to promote awareness of the new policy both within the community and at surrounding area hospitals accredited to perform transplants. Our dream was to start a local community website so that people on the waiting list can post their profile and anyone who wants to be a living donor can contact them. Donors who are not compatible with a friend or family member can post this on it in the kidney exchange section.
If this site helps to save one life we will consider it a success! In our hearts we believe the four of us were brought together for a profound purpose: to offer hope for those in need of a kidney and to offer everyone who currently waits a viable alternative to finding the donor they so desperately need. This is not an impossible dream but a possible dream and if our dream comes true one day there will be no waiting list. Until that dream becomes a reality, our goal is to see more lives saved one connection at a time.
Thank you for taking an interest in the Western New York Kidney Connection. To anyone considering living kidney donation: To the world you may be just one person, but to one person, you just may be the world.
Women On A Mission