Lynn donated in January of 2023 at UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin using the National Kidney Registry (NKR) Voucher Program. The NKR found the best match for Lynn’s kidney in their 103 Transplant Center network pool all across the USA to be someone in Illinois. We do not know who this person is.
Lynn then gave the NKR Voucher to 2 year old Cooper Thompson, who lives in Minneapolis. Cooper had been on dialysis since 8 months old. This gave Cooper top priority with the NKR to receive the best matched kidney for him at Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
This ride will trace the route of Lynn’s kidney going to Illinois then we head to Minneapolis, Minnesota to join with Cooper, and his family.
We then will meet Ali Hansen, who donated a non-directed kidney at the University of Minnesota Fairview Medical Center to the same NKR network pool of 103 Transplant Centers across the nation, that somehow magically ended up being the best fit kidney for Cooper.
This will be the first meeting of all 3 players together at one time, Lynn, Cooper, and Ali.
Lynn and Cooper
Ali and Cooper
Our objective is to contact and schedule media events with all of the Transplant Centers listed below and other possible supporters like dialysis centers, so keep posted. If you are affiliated with any of these or other kidney disease concerns along our route and want to help in setting something up, please contact me.
Likewise, if you can offer any lodging for Lynn and me along the route, please contact me as we have a number of gaps.
If you belong to organizations like Rotary, Lions, Toastmasters, Church organizations like Knights of Columbus, we have given presentations talking about our donations and have lodged with people from these groups in past rides, and we’d love to do similar on this ride.
Segment 1: Plover, WI to UW Health, Madison, WI, to Froedtert Hospital, to Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI. 212 miles