Long Island TRIO member and kidney recipient Michael Reed has advocated for organ donations and has spent years helping other kids like him.
Michael Reed — a MacArthur High School student who received a new purpose in life when he received a kidney transplant — was recently invited to speak at Stony Brook University Medical Center about the importance of being an organ donor in recognition of National Organ Donor Appreciation Day. In addition, he received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his community service efforts with the medical center.
LI TRIO Member and Friend Avram Gabay received a surprise visit on Friday from a woman who gave him the gift of life.
Friday was not the first time Avram Gabay, 67, of Merrick had exchanged embraces with Jennifer Wolfe of Atlanta, Georgia. But the surprise and the celebration of life never get old.
“She saved my life actually,” Gabay said. “She saved my life.” He got together once again Friday with Jennifer Wolfe, who donated her kidney to him. The two connected thanks to Gabay’s son Brian, who wrote a letter describing his father’s situation on the Matching Donors website. Wolfe, who is also blood type O, saw the post and wanted to help.