The gift of a lifetime

U.S. AIR FORCE | Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney, 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs


Erik Singletary, the 20th Fighter Wing Inspector General’s Office wing inspection team manager, and Lauren Brown, his daughter, hold stuffed kidneys bearing wishes of good health written in marker at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Feb. 24, 2017. Singletary donated his kidney to his daughter Jan. 11, 2017, after she experienced kidney failure in February 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AFNS) -- Twenty-two people die each day waiting for an organ transplant, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Currently, there are more than 119,000 men, women and children on the national waiting list; every 10 minutes another person is added, lengthening the list every year.

When Erik Singletary, the 20th Fighter Wing Inspector General’s Office wing inspection team manager at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, found out his daughter, Lauren Brown, needed a transplant, he did not hesitate.

“Initially, I thought something was wrong when my migraines got so bad I’d miss two or three days of work a week,” Brown said.

After receiving treatment from a neurologist in Florence, South Carolina, she discovered her kidneys were causing her to have extremely high blood pressure, which contributed to the migraines. She was later referred to a kidney specialist who performed a biopsy and determined that Brown was suffering from kidney failure. Continue reading


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