Spurred by Caldwell Dad, Saint Barnabas Sees Rise in Number of Altruistic Kidney Donors


LIVINGSTON, NJ - The act of donating a kidney is usually one associated with providing life-saving help to someone in need who is a family member or a close friend, but the altruistic actions of Caldwell resident Brian Glennon has launched a new trend in organ donors.

Last October 2017, the 46-year-old father of four donated his kidney to a patient in need at the program at The Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. Glennon's actions were motivated not by knowing someone personally who needed a kidney, but by a desire to help others.

Glennon's participation in kidney-paired donation helped generate more interest and participation in one of the largest living kidney donor transplant chains in the United States. His kidney donation already has facilitated a chain of donor transplant surgeries of 23 patients living with kidney failure—saving their lives.

"Brian walks in my office and says, 'I want to give a kidney'," said Dr. Shamkant Mulgaonkar, chief of the transplant division at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. "'To who?' 'Anybody in your program' (he said)." Continue reading