• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: From sharing a workplace to sharing a kidney

November 27, 2016

kidney transplant patientsWhen Dawn Odenthal sat down for a meeting with her colleague Jolinda Conzemius in June 2014, organ donation was nowhere on her radar. The two women knew one another through their work at a company that specializes in school photography, yearbooks, church directories and other forms of memory preservation. Dawn is a regional sales director, and Jolinda is a photographer. They were meeting to talk about a project they had been assigned to work on together.

By the time they got up from the table that afternoon, however, they had started a process that would culminate in Dawn donating one of her kidneys to Jolinda for a life-altering kidney transplant at Mayo Clinic. “I absolutely wanted to do this for her,” says Dawn. “There wasn’t a question in my mind.”
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This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.