“It is just amazing people will come forward and be willing to donate,” said Dr. Mark Boelkins, Mercy Health Kidney Transplant Center Medical Director.
The Mercy Health Kidney Transplant Center in Grand Rapids performed 103 kidney transplants as of October 6, 2016, marking a record-breaking year for the surgeons and their teams. Mercy Health Kidney Transplant Center typically performs 80 to 90 kidney transplants each year. However, none are possible without generous donors, many of whom were celebrated recently at an event held at Cathedral Square on October 18.
More than 100 people, including dozens of donor and recipient families, as well as colleagues from Mercy Health, heard their extraordinary life-giving stories.
“We don’t often get the chance to celebrate this entire group of truly incredible people,” said Andrea Beck-Lundskow, LMSW, living donor advocate and donor social worker, Mercy Health. “The Mercy Health transplant and Gift of Life teams were thrilled to honor the gifts and journeys of these individuals during the Kidney Donor Celebration. Their stories need to be told.”