Jackson learned that she could enter the National Kidney Registry’s Voucher Program, which would allow her to donate her kidney on the officer’s behalf. Once Jackson donated her kidney to a patient who was a match, Alston would receive a voucher, and the organization would work to find a compatible donor. This process dramatically decreased Alston’s wait time for a new kidney.
“Sophia was extremely motivated to help others, and approached her donation and procedure in a very thoughtful manner,” says Dr. Joseph Del Pizzo, a urologist and living donor surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. “Her altruistic gift not only assisted the intended recipient, but also the patient who received her kidney that day, as well as countless other recipients on the organ transplant waiting list.”
On October 11, Jackson donated her kidney at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. In the weeks since her procedure, Jackson has resumed the activities she’s always loved. “My life after the donation has been the same,” Jackson says. Except now she has a new passion: Raising awareness of living kidney donation. “The National Kidney Registry’s Voucher Program is a lifesaver,” she says.
Jackson’s passion will likely continue to have a positive impact. “Sophia is one amazing lady, and I was proud to be a part of her journey,” says Aliza Perrin Zubov, R.N., a living donor transplant coordinator at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. “By educating others about the process, she can help encourage people to do what she’s done for another individual.”
Watch Sophia Jackson’s story here.