Yavapai College academic advisor experiences life-granting organ donation

Kidney transplant recipient Katie Grannan, left, and kidney donor Amy Sperry, right. In Sperry’s mind, it was a miracle when she was deemed a match for Grannan, whose family she was acquainted with when she lived in Flagstaff before moving to Cornville in 2013. Courtesy photo
Amy Sperry didn’t put a lot of thought into the most valuable gift she had the power to give. She saw a social media appeal and made a phone call right away.

“My mind wasn’t involved at all, just my heart,” said Sperry, an academic advisor at the Yavapai College Verde Valley campus and Cornville resident who donated a kidney to a young woman in Flagstaff in dire need of the healthy organ.

Going on four years after making the life-saving sacrifice, Sperry now does a lot of thinking and a lot of talking about what she did and why – often to complete strangers.

“I want to encourage people who are curious… Let them know this is something that is done,” she said of kidney donations from one living human being to another. “It’s definitely part of who I am – letting people know about this.”

To help heighten awareness of the significant need for living organ donors, Sperry, “her kidney sister,” Katie Grannan, and her mother, Janell, are traveling to Chicago this month for a potentially world record-setting gathering of living organ donors. The gathering is in observance of National Donate Life Month. Continue reading