The Gift of Life

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Courtesy Photo | U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Dane Adolph poses with his wife, Kristin, and their children Kayla and Colton. Adolph donated his kidney to someone in need so that his wife could be moved to number one on the transplant list. (Photo provided)
In 2016, Master Sgt. Dane Adolph, an avionics technician assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, donated his kidney to someone in need so that his wife could be moved to number one on the transplant list.

Adolph was not a match for his wife, but was willing to donate his kidney to someone else so she could be moved up on the list.

Before this experience happened, Adolph was already a registered donor.

“She was born with a disease called Polycystic Kidney Disease,” said Adolph.

PKD causes numerous fluid-filled cysts to grow in the kidneys. When the cysts grow or if they get too big, the kidneys can become damaged. Overtime, the cysts slowly replace much of the kidneys, reducing kidney function and leading to kidney failure.

She was put on the transport list when she had a severe loss in kidney function.

“My wife was kind of unique, she was born with this disease and wasn’t expected to live past two,” Adolph said. “With her having three kids and a miscarriage, she had a lot of antibodies built up that made matching her more difficult.” Continue reading
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