Annual Donor Sabbath Means More Lives Shared
All major religions in the U.S. support donation as an act of love, charity and generosity, and that fact is reinforced during National Donor Sabbath, observed November 10-12 and throughout the holiday season. During Donor Sabbath, people of all faiths work together to teach donation as a true act of compassion. Many congregations host donor registry drives; and organize prayer chains, meal deliveries and medical appointment transportation.
UW Health has witnessed a growing number of donors coming forward because of their faith, or connection someone in need of a transplant through their religious community. About ten percent of UW Health’s living donor transplants result from connections and donation messages at faith-based organizations. Even faith leaders and their family members are volunteering to serve as living donors.
In 2016, a three-way paired kidney exchange was performed at UW Health that started with Joyce Doty’s (pictured above) decision to become a living donor when she learned her fellow church member, John Babbitt, needed a transplant. While Joyce and John are from Indiana, the other two recipients and living donors are from Wisconsin, including a pair of friends from the Green Bay area and a father and daughter from the Madison area. That daughter is John’s donor.