Every Transplant Has A Story. What’s Yours? 

We began the #ISharedMyStory project at the 2022 Transplant Games of America held here in San Diego.  Balboa Nephrology + Evergreen Nephrology were fortunate enough to be in the TGA Village where attendees were asked if they would like to share their transplant story with others to help educate the community about the importance of organ donation.  The response was incredible.

We are grateful to have learned what its like to be a patient, organ donor, caregiver or family of someone who has donated.  We encourage you to take a private moment to read a few stories and consider sharing your own experience.

My Story: Somone Washington

Somone's story begins as a healthy and vibrant 25 year old young lady. She had just finished graduate school and was on her way to starting a new career. Out of no where, she...

Walking the Walk

  Sunday, October 30th was a beautiful day for the 2022 Southern CA Kidney Walk in Long Beach in support of the National Kidney Foundation! Balboa Nephrology and...

My Story: Sherrell Gay

My Name Is: Sherrell Gay I am a: DONOR FAMILY - 2017/2018 Heart Recipient (2002) Heart/Kidney Recipient (2012) My Story:  Diagnosed Dilated Cardiomyopathy 1994.  Experienced...

My Story: Mary Ann Shoch

My Name is: Mary Ann Shoch I am a: Living Kidney Donor My Story: 10 years ago my brother needed a kidney - never doubted me doing it.  3 years later, my son needed a kidney. ...

My Story: Annette Johnson

My Name Is: Annette Johnson I am a: Kidney Donor My Story: My sister needed a kidney as her only kidney was only functioning at 18%.  We lost our middle sister to MS in 2008...

My Story: Debbie Labud

My Name is: Debbie Labud I am a: Transplant Recipient My Story: I have a genetic disease called alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.  Found out when I was 36 years old, by the time...

My Story: Judy Gradisek

My Name is: Judy Gradisek I am a: Kidney/Pancreas Recipient My Story: "I was a diabetic since the age of 15; at the age of 40, I needed a kidney. November 2000 I received a...

My Story: Shelii Spana

My Name Is: Shelii Spana I am a: Transplant Recipient My Story: "My name is Sheli Spana, a pharmacist and Diabetes Educator for Madison, MS.  I lost both of my kidneys to...

My Story: Tammy

My Name Is: Tammy I am a: Kidney Recipient My Story: In 1997, I got a perfect match kidney from the waiting list.  It has made so much possible.  "25 years"...

Every Transplant Has A Story

What’s Yours?


Share your transplant experience or words of encouragement to help teach the community the importance of organ donation and kidney care education.

Your story could be featured on this page as well as the Balboa Nephrology and Balboa United social media pages!

Thank you for helping us spread the word about kidney care!

Use the #ISharedMyStory to pass it on!

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