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