Life after the transplant: Brother, sister thankful for kidney donation

DAILY JOURNAL |  Ryan Trares

Thinking about the life moments that could have been missed is almost too difficult to stomach.

Without a life-saving kidney transplant he received in 2010, Mark Ulrey likely wouldn’t have been able to officiate the wedding of his oldest daughter, Jackie.

He wouldn’t be able to see his middle daughter, Bethany, graduate from Center Grove, or his youngest daughter Jessica start her freshman year at the high school.

All of it was possible because of one person’s extraordinary contribution.
“Because what my donor did for me, I’ve been able to see all of these special moments that a dad would want to see,” he said. “Without that gift, my life could be completely different.”
Six years have passed since Ulrey and his sister, Lisa Edwards, each received transplants to correct a genetic disorder that had destroyed their own kidneys. Though the process has come with its challenges, it also has allowed the siblings to enjoy a life they never would have without the transplants. Continue reading
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