Kidney donation: Victor man is 'someone's hero'

Gates Chilli Post | Melody Burri

Amy and Mike Griffen talk with customers at their Main Street bakery in Victor. Mike Griffen recently donated a kidney for a stranger. Melody Burri/Messenger Post Media

VICTOR — When you see Mike Griffen behind the counter of his Main Street bakery in Victor, he looks like any other ordinary guy. But to one grateful kidney transplant recipient in Philadelphia, he’s a superhero.

Last November, following a serendipitous connection, serious discussion with family members, and a battery of medical tests for screening, Griffen successfully donated one of his healthy kidneys to a complete stranger — one he may never even meet.

This year he’ll lend his support in a different way, this time participating in the National Kidney Foundation’s Rochester Kidney Walk on Saturday, Oct. 4, at Frontier Field in Rochester. And to further ramp up in Victor, he and his wife, Amy, will be selling orange sugar “kidney cookies” from their Victor shop — The Griffen Bakery — from Saturday, Sept. 19 through mid-October, with profits going directly to the National Kidney Foundation.

“My goal is to increase awareness for what I went through — donating to a stranger, basically — making the paired exchange program more visible,” said Griffen. Continue reading