In March 2008, Melissa's grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Although she found there was not much she could do to slow her grandmother's failing health, Melissa decided to find something she could do to help someone else. She began researching kidney donation: the process, procedure, recovery time, hospitals, places that offer donation, etc.
She signed up on http://www.matchingdonors.com/ and within minutes found three potential blood type matches in her area. She emailed them; one returned the call the next day. After rounds of tests, doctors have confirmed that, excluding genetics, they are a perfect match. And it turns out- the recipient is a famous musician (although she leaves out names to protect the privacy of this situation).
Read all about Melissa's experience at http://melissaskidneydonation.blogspot.com/. You can also leave her some encouraging words from her Siena family and learn more about kidney donation and polycystic kidney disease. You can also join her Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=24774538708