2018 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Bill McKenzie and Julie Underwood
Bill McKenzie and Julie Underwood have been the best of friends for more than three decades. They first met when they lived in Iowa, and then they moved to the Madison area within a year of each other.
In 2008, Bill learned he suffered from endstage kidney failure, and by 2010, he needed a new kidney. Julie didn’t hesitate, and said she would be happy to donate one of her kidneys to her friend. Unfortunately, she was not a good match for him. The two would need to explore other options so that Julie could still provide Bill with the gift of life.
Watch Bill and Julie's Story
Then and Now
Then: Living donor transplants were rare, and usually only between family members.
Now: With many living donation options, donors don't have to be related or even know their recipient.