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Helping Others Live a Better Life: Donor Family and Recipient Meet

During the 2010 National Kidney Transplant Games, organ recipients and donor families came together to celebrate the gift of life. Among the many memories from that game are those that Kim Messenger and Theresa Marchetti will hold dear.


During the games, Kim and his son met Theresa in person for the first time. In January, 2009 Theresa received a kidney transplant. The donor was Kim's wife, Karen, who died from a stroke at age 41. 


"It's so good to know that people are living a better life because of it," said Kim, of his wife's donation.