Altruistic Kidney Donor Gives Gift of Life at Loyola Medicine

LOYOLA MEDICINE

Candle-lighting Ceremony Sunday to Honor Organ Donors, Recipients


MAYWOOD, IL – After a year of travel and self-reflection, Tom Hanch said he prayed to find a way to be a blessing to someone else. He would find a special way to do so.

Inspired by a television news story on organ donation, Mr. Hanch contacted Loyola Medicine and met with Raquel Garcia Roca, MD, FACS, surgical director of renal transplants, to discuss becoming an altruistic living donor.

"He called and said he wanted to donate a kidney. We said, 'Who's your recipient?' and he said, 'I don't know. I just want to give a kidney. That's all I want to do,'" Dr. Garcia Roca said. "Of course, that's very exciting because someone might benefit from this gracious person."

April is National Donate Life month. Loyola Medicine will recognize donors and recipients including Mr. Hanch at the 26th Candle-lighting Ceremony Sunday, April 23 at noon in the Loyola Outpatient Center, 2600 S. First Ave., Maywood. The event is open to the media. Continue reading
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