PLEASANTVILLE — Danny Flood celebrated the first anniversary of his “second lease on life” by taking in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular with his 4-year-old granddaughter, Meredith Julia, last month.
“Everything is absolutely fantastic,” said Flood, 69, who received a kidney transplant from a 48-year-old woman in December 2008. “It’s put everything in perspective. I try to live one day at a time and be a good person.”
The 37-year Pleasantville resident’s search for a kidney made national news last year when his three daughters found a donor via the Craigslist Web site.
The sisters — Heather, Cynthia and Jennifer — spent more than a year continually reposting the advertisement on Craigslist — which expired every seven days — and fielding more than 100 calls from potential donors before finally finding a match.
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That experience inspired them to start The Flood Sisters’ Kidney Foundation of America to spread awareness of the alternative ways people can find “altruistic,” or unrelated, living organ donors without going through the national waiting list.
For a $360 annual membership fee, the foundation’s Web site —www.floodsisters.org — puts donors and seekers in touch with one another and educates people on living donor transplants.
Last July, just months after incorporating their nonprofit foundation, they successfully matched their first recipient with a donor.
New Jersey resident Jim Collis, a 50-year-old former police sergeant who was forced to retire when kidney disease required him to undergo dialysis, received a kidney transplant from a 37-year-old woman from New Hampshire that month.
“I had been on the national waiting list for almost two years by then,” Collis said. “People have to seek out alternate methods. If it hadn’t been for the Flood Sisters’ Web site, who knows where I would be.”
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