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Between five brothers and two sisters, Patrick Chowaniec had an overwhelming amount of support when he needed a kidney transplant. Although he didn’t ask for a kidney from any of his siblings, being the big brother, John offered his kidney to Patrick. In 1982, Patrick received his kidney transplant.

As a passionate volunteer for the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin, Patrick is continually helping around the NKFW office and during events. Even his children are engaged with the events as they make it a family outing to participate in the Capital City 5k Walk/Run  

“My kids come out and help at the walks and bring their families. They make it a family event,” Patrick said.

Patrick donates his time because he benefited from the National Kidney Foundation. He became more involved in 2002 after the Transplant Games where he got to know Cindy Huber. He believes that talking with people and hearing their stories can influence volunteering.

“When people hear my story, they can see what the donation does. Just talking to people and telling them my story would probably get them thinking about it,” Patrick said.

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Last modified 2015-11-18 21:47:20