Delaware County man celebrates life after two transplants at 50th kidney-versary

Two-time kidney transplant recipient Stephen Henderson (l) is pictured with his brother Bill Henderson inside the art-filled house that Stephen shares with his niece Kathleen Greene and great-niece Olivia. His collection of Nativity sets sits in the cabinet behind him. (Photo: Peg DeGrassa/Digital First Media)

HAVERTOWN>> Two transplanted kidneys and 50 years later, Havertown resident Stephen Henderson, is still going strong at 74 years old. Earlier this month, approximately 45 of Stephen’s closest friends and family members– some traveling from as far away as Maine, St. Louis, Vermont and Virginia – celebrated Stephen’s life and 50th “kidney-versary.”

Held at Riddle Village in Middletown Township,, the recent celebration included a cake with a giant fondant kidney on top, Brie cheese shaped into a kidney and dozens of decorative cardboard kidneys throughout the room so the youngest guests at the party could color them or play with them creatively. A large banner, draped across a wall, was also available for the children to “pin a kidney” in much the same way they would pin the tail on the donkey. When Riddle Village staffer Gloria Tursi heard about the kidney-versary, she immediately set to work helping to plan the festivities and supply many of the unique kidney-themed party foods and accessories.

“We thought of only serving “organ” foods at the party like liver and kidneys,” his brother Bill Henderson, who attended the party with his wife Nancy, joked. “But we had young children coming and I didn’t think they’’d be too crazy about those kinds of food..” Continue reading
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