Family “Pays it Forward” at Gift of Life Donor Dash

Gift of Life Donor Program

Some sports lovers have lucky items that they wear when their favorite team plays. For Cherry Hill, NJ native, Tom Hollar, he relied on his lucky pair of green polka dot pajamas to get him through his many health challenges in life.

Born with an obstruction in his urinary tract and a defective urethra valve, Tom had many hospital stays as a young man and adult, where he wore his lucky pajamas. At just two days old, Tom had a surgery to address this obstruction. His kidneys were affected by the surgery and his significant health issues began. After 19 years of fair health, along with several surgeries, Tom went into renal failure and doctors told him that his only option would be to receive a kidney transplant. He was added to the organ transplant waitlist, and his family members began testing to see if they were a match to be a living kidney donor.

Tom’s mother was a match and they began the process for her to donate. Tom received the gift of life from him mom. Unfortunately, he had a bleeding ulcer and severe blood loss. Because of his significant health issues, his body rejected the kidney and he had to go on dialysis. After several other living donors stepped up, including his father and brother-in-law, and a failed transplant from a deceased donor – Tom was able to accept his new kidney without rejection. After many attempts, his brother-in- law’s kidney allowed him to begin living his life. Continue reading

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