Having recently donated a kidney to her father-in-law, Paramus resident Dawn Feorenzo hopes to spread awareness of the good that can be done by donating.
"When people think of donors they think of checking a little box on their license for being a donor as a cadaver," Feorenzo said. "I don't think many people are aware of living donors."
After getting tested, Feorenzo found that she was a match, and chose to make the donation. While the basic test looks at blood type, further testing is required to measure a variety of other factors.
"They need to make sure that I'm well enough for a surgery, and obviously, to live with one kidney," Feorenzo said. "They made sure there is every chance he won't reject it."
Working through the Donate Life program and the Paramus Women's Club, Feorenzo's surgery was performed at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, where she praised the efforts of doctors who made sure both Feorenzo and her father-in-law were well-prepared for the surgery.