By writer to spectrumlocalnews.com
SPENCERPORT, N.Y. — This month is Nationwide Kidney Month, and subsequent month is Nationwide Donate Life Month. These two back-to-back months spotlight the significance of organ donation.
For about so long as she will be able to keep in mind, Jennifer Venti says Sundays have been for lunch with the household.
“It brings me again to being somewhat child, and simply having the entire household collectively and that tight bond,” Venti stated.
And this explicit Sunday’s gathering was a particular one. They had been joined by her cousin Sebastian Curatolo and his household for the primary time since earlier than COVID-19.
“That is the way it was once,” Curatolo stated. “And we’re like an in depth household, and it makes us really feel prefer it’s semi-normal. It’s not utterly regular due to the masks, however I feel it’s getting there.”
Jennifer and Sebastian have a particular relationship. Simply final yr, she donated one in all her kidneys to him, one thing she didn’t must assume twice about.
“It was the best choice to make,” Venti stated. “I stated earlier how our household is all the time about being there, being supportive, being round for one another.”
Sebastian was recognized with stage 4 kidney illness simply earlier than the pandemic. The surgical procedure was thought of elective and needed to be postponed. However on Might 12 the process was lastly allowed to proceed.
“I’m nonetheless in awe and shock and gratefulness, as a result of we’ve all the time identified Jennifer was a particular individual,” Curatolo stated. “And to be on the receiving finish of it makes me so proud to be her cousin.”
Now virtually a yr later, each are again to consuming good meals and having fun with time with household like regular. Which is why Jennifer says everybody ought to take into account changing into a donor if ready; the time and ache a small sacrifice to pay to save lots of another person’s life.
“Life is painful, and I feel the ache of the surgical procedure is a actuality of what you’re doing for anyone else, and it’s manageable,” Venti stated.
And Sebastian says it’s a gesture he’ll always remember.
“I really feel very fortunate, I really feel very blessed,” Curatolo stated. “And surrounded by folks like this, how might you not be?”
For these serious about studying extra about changing into a donor, the Northeast Kidney Basis and the College of Rochester Medical Middle have sources out there.