After donating kidney, Cordasco encourages others to become donors

DAILY PRESS | Travis Fain
Heather Cordasco, left, and Mary Stokes have known each other for about eight years. Cordasco recently donated a kidney to Stokes. (Judith Lowery/Daily Press)
There was never any doubt, Heather Cordasco said, about giving up a kidney.

Without it, her friend would have to depend on dialysis, sitting for hours to have a machine to clean her blood. The yellow pallor would remain, along with all the health risks. Mary Stokes would have to hope it wouldn't take years to move up the transplant waiting list.

"She said, 'I can't ask you to do that,'" said Cordasco, now nearly four weeks removed from a successful transplant surgery. "I said, 'You didn't ask me.'"

Cordasco and Stokes have known each other about 8 years. Cordasco is a former Williamsburg-James City County School Board member and Stokes is a special education assistant for the system. Stokes has three kidneys now: her two and the one from Cordasco's left side, which Stokes calls "super kidney."

"I can never thank her enough," she said. Continue reading

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