My name is Gretchen McCann. I am a 43 year old physical therapist, wife, and mother of two. Three years ago I donated a kidney to a complete stranger. It began in December 2015. I sat in church one Sunday with my family and I heard a calling. Quite literally, my pastor was asking the congregation if anyone would be willing to be tested to be a match for a parishioner in need of a kidney. All I knew was that the donor needed to have type O blood. “I have that” I thought. “I am a pretty healthy person” I thought. “I can do this…”. Although concerned, my husband gave me his blessing and off I went to be tested for a match. After many vials of blood and a full day of physical and mental examinations, I was determined to be a match for Brian Moughty.
Who? My family and I met Brian, his wife Kathleen and their youngest son soon after the match was made. I can speak on behalf of both of our families when I say not only are our kidneys are a match, our families are too. Our surgery took place on August 2nd 2016 at Yale New Haven Hospital. The glitches have been minor and the resulting health and friendship that we’ve shared is major. Our families have formed a life-long friendship, Brian has been able to travel to Hawaii to be at his oldest son’s wedding, and my children now jump with excitement when we tell them we are going to visit the Moughtys.
In 2018, Sean and I laced up our dancing shoes and performed a country two- step that wowed the judges and audience alike. My husband Sean, again by my side, and I are so excited to be dancing in this year’s Dancing for Donations gala ready to treat you to some old time Lindy Hop!
$1 = 1 vote, any amount is appreciated towards a cause so near and dear to our hearts!