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March 13th 2013: The Reluctant Donor

The last time you renewed your driver’s license, did you check the box that says “Organ Donor?” Suzanne Ruff of Mooresville, N.C., hopes the answer is yes. “My family would have pretty much been wiped off the face of the Earth if it weren’t for the generosity of organ donors,” she said. Her mother and two sisters, as well as several aunts and uncles and cousins have all needed kidney transplants to save their lives. Her family carries the gene for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), a hereditary disease for which there is no cure. Join us to hear this incredible story of information and inspir

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Suzanne Ruff

On the day she found out her younger sister had been stricken by the same disease that had taken the life of their mother, Suzanne Ruff of Mooresville, NC., offered to donate one of her kidneys to save her sister’s life. During the 10 months that passed between the day that offer was made and the actual surgery, she considered backing out several times, but eventually went through with the surgery. More than six years later, both she and her sister, JoAnn, are doing great! Suzanne Ruff is a member of the National Kidney Foundation’s Living Donor Council Executive Committee. She is currently working as a freelance writer for the Mooresville News (Charlotte Observer). A story she wrote, “Lo
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