Applaud Organ Donor for Life-Saving Altruism


Target: Barbara Thorp

Goal: Commend Barbara Thorp for selflessly donating a kidney to save someone’s life

Laurie Edwards recently wrote a piece to share with the world her father’s experience of getting a new kidney from a family friend named Barbara Thorp. Her father survived kidney cancer, but he had lived with only one of his kidneys and with moderate kidney failure for years. In a matter of months, his condition progressed to total renal failure, requiring a kidney transplantation. Medical reasons made his close relatives ineligible to donate. Fortunately, Barbara Thorp offered her kidney once she found out that she was a match. Because of Thorp’s selfless act, Laurie’s father is alive today.

Barbara described her actions as if it was the most rational and expected thing to do, saying “It’s what we learned in kindergarten. If you have two of something and you only need one, share it.” Not many people will voluntarily choose to donate an organ to save someone’s life because of all the undue risks and complications involved. Barbara acted as if she were the lucky one, saying “it is an honor and a privilege to help.” Barbara’s altruism helped turn a potentially heart-breaking story into an optimistic one. People who need kidney transplants live on dialysis for years before they get a donor kidney; some never find one.

“My father celebrated his birthday last week, and I raised my glass in her name, mindful of fact that from here on, all birthdays, holidays, and our family’s collective memories will be inextricably linked to her decision,” wrote Laurie. Without a doubt, Barbara has changed their lives in a significant and inexplicable way. Sign the petition to thank Barbara Thorp for selflessly undergoing surgery to donate her kidney to save a man’s life.


Dear Barbara Thorp,

Recently, I read an article written by Laurie Edwards in which she talked a lot about your selfless decision to donate your kidney to save her father’s life. Not many people can voluntarily undergo the undue risks and complications of surgery to save someone’s life. You said it was an honor and a privilege to help. I admire your altruism.

Laurie Edward’s father had total renal failure. Without your kidney, her father would have been on dialysis for years until he found a donor. Fortunately for him, you were a match. Most people who need organs do not find donors. Thank you for your decision to donate your kidney. Your actions will inspire others to do altruistic things.


[Your Name Here]

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