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Kidney Donation Chain: 30 People Give Kidneys to 30 Strangers

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

An act of kindness by one man set off a chain reaction that saved the lives of 30 people -- they all got kidneys from strangers.

The Daily Mail reports that last August a man named Rick Ruzzamenti decided to donate a kidney to a complete stranger. In response, a relative of that transplant recipient donated one of her kidneys to a stranger, then a relative of that recipient donated one of his to a stranger, and so on.

The chain eventually reached 30 kidneys donated when it ended four months later. It spanned 11 states.

Ruzzamenti said he got the idea when a co-worker told him that she donated a kidney to a sick friend. Ruzzamenti had to undergo a slew of psychological exams to understand why he was donating something so valuable to somebody he didn't know.

"People think it’s so odd that I’m donating a kidney,’ he said. ‘I think it’s so odd that they think it’s so odd."

WLS-TV in Chicago has more:

Here is the list of 60 people involved in the kidney donation chain... (From the NY Times)

  1. Rick Ruzzamenti, 43, California - to - Anonymous, 66, New Jersey
  2. Teresa Gavin, 34, New York (Anonymous's niece) - to - Brooke Kitzman, 29, Michigan
  3. David Madosh, 46, Michigan (Brooke's ex-boyfriend) - to - Janna Daniels, 31, Pennsylva.
  4. Shaun Daniels, 36, Pennsylvania (Janna's husband) - to Mustafa Parks, 24, California
  5. Bethany Parks, 22, California (Mustafa's wife) - to - Jeremy Cantrell, 29, California
  6. Samantha Hendon, 23, California (Jeremy's friend) - to - Zenovia Duke, 37, New York
  7. Gregory Person, 38, N.Y. (Zenovia's friend) - to - Darlene Watkins-Schaefer, 59, Ohio
  8. Nicki Watkins, 34, Ohio (Darlene's daughter-in-law) - to - Kelly Diamond, 23, California
  9. Denise Heller, 48, California (Kelly's friend) - to - Rhonda Thomas, 49, California
  10. Michael Thomas, 52, California (Rhonda's husband) - to - Karen Bowling, 43, Ohio
  11. Ryan Bowling, 19, Ohio (Karen's son) - to - Richard Stauffer, 35, Pennsylvania
  12. Annamarie Stauffer, 40, Pennsylvania (Richard's sister) - to Paulette Behan, 45, Illinois
  13. Sunni Stupka, 42, Mississippi (Paulette's siter) - to - Philip Lindgren, 55, California
  14. Susan Lindgren, 56, California (Philip's wife) - to - Danny Giaquinto, 58, New Jersery
  15. Debbie Giaquinto, 58, New Jersey (Danny's wife) - to - John Clark, 61, Florida
  16. Rebecca Clark, 44, Florida (John's wife) - to - Michael Durr, 60, Florida
  17. Gigi Durr, 54, Florida (Michael's wife) - to - Candice Ryan, 56, Maine
  18. Michael Ryan, 58, Maine (Candice's husband) - to - Jacki Bruce, 46, Virginia
  19. Collin Bruce, 41, Virginia (Jacki's husband) - to - Cesare Bonventre, 27, New York
  20. Josephine Bonventre, 40, Canada (Cesare's fifth cousin) - to - Bertha Villa, 40, Califor.
  21. Rigo Villa, 39, California (Bertha's husband) - to - Brad Scott, 37, Pennsylvania
  22. Jesse Scott, 28, Pennsylvania (Brad's brother) - to - Michael Wilkins, 43, California
  23. Tremayne Wilkins, 40, California (Michael's wife) - to - Mary Wilson, 69, Texas
  24. Kent Bowen, 47, Texas (Mary's son) - to - Olivo Cienfuegos, 60, California
  25. Adrian Cienfuegos, 28, California (Olivo's son) - to - Elva Perez, 49, California
  26. Faviola Perez, 34, California (Elva's daughter) - to - Gabriel Baty, 40, California
  27. Yvonne Gordon, 62, Calif. (Gabriel's mother-in-law) - to - Steven Dedina, 44, California
  28. Andrew Vargas, 26, Texas (Steven's nephew) - to - David Barakat, 31, California
  29. Conor Bidelspach, 28, Oregon (David's cousin) - to - Keith Zimmerman, 53, California
  30. Sherry Glychowski, 59, Texas (Keith's sister) - to Donald Terry, 47, Illinois