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In 2013, Paula Kok donated a kidney because she wanted to help others. That generous gift of life started what would become the nation's longest kidney chain. Two years and 49 recipients later, Jerry Phillips became the 50th member of the chain. This is his story.

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Transplant surgeon Jayme Locke and nurses Katie Stegner and Sara Macedon traveled to South Africa this week to help set up protocols where transplant chains can take place at Groote Schurr Hospital. This UAB Medicine partnership with the University of Cape Town is helping both programs save more lives through transplant. See how at

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Hello UAB Kidney Chain Family! Be on the lookout for the 2018 Celebration of Life Picnic information, which should be hitting your mailboxes soon. This year's picnic is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sat., April 7, at the UAB Mini Park, which is located on University Boulevard between 13th and 14th Streets. If you do not receive a registration form soon, call Yolanda Hogeland at 205-934-2131.

The chain has reached 89 transplants, which means 100 is on the horizon! Make plans to be at this year's picnic and celebrate life!

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Transplants increased at UAB and overall in the U.S. this past year.

UAB surgeons performed 462 total transplants in 2017 — helping to fuel a national record of more than 10,000 deceased-donor transplants performed for the first time in a calendar year in the United States.

As UAB embarks on its 50th year of transplantation in 2018, a number of different things are to credit for the dramatic increase.

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Did you know there are nearly 3,000 Alabamians awaiting an organ transplant? Learn how you can help:

The stories. It's always the stories. We close out 2017 with an update on the UAB Kidney Chain that is powerful, heartwarming and life-saving. Meet Tyler Williamson, Jay Ernst, Zachary Taylor, Shane Holcomb, Melissa McIntyre and Victoria Smith. They are donor and recipients Nos. 77, 78 and 79.

A TEDx Birmingham talk by Jayme Locke inspires an Alabamian to donate altruistically and save more lives. Tyler Williamson went to TEDx Birmingham’s 2...

Exciting kidney transplant news at UAB this week! The Big 10,000 and 10,001!

The milestone surgeries come as the Department of Surgery in UAB School of Medicine nears the end of its 49th year of performing transplants.

Michael Cox is kidney transplant recipient No. 10,000 after his lifesaving liver and kidney were provided by a deceased donor. Tony Adams became the 1...

To all of our patients and your families, we hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for allowing us at UAB to be a part of your lives.

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Hi UAB Kidney Chain and kidney transplant patients,

The physicians, nurses and staff who have had the honor of taking care of our kidney transplant patients in the areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma want to pass along their thoughts and prayers to you. They are thinking about you, and we hope and pray for a speedy recovery for you all.

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Earlier this year, UAB Transplant Surgeon Dr. Jayme Locke presented a TEDxBirmingham talk where she shared the idea of creating a national kidney donation exchange, an idea which she believes can exponentially increase the number of live donor matches.

You can learn more about her concept and now see her entire presentation — and share with your friends — online at

In this innovative talk, transplant surgeon Dr. Jayme Locke shares an idea that could literally save thousands of lives. She explains how if we change the co...

UAB's Mark Deierhoi isn't just a fabulous kidney transplant surgeon. He's also a tremendous teacher, too, according to those he has trained. He was honored this summer by residents with the Kirby I. Bland Surgical Faculty Teacher of the Year award for the impact he has had on their surgical training. Congratulations to Dr. Deierhoi!

Surgeon Mark Deierhoi has performed more than 2,200 kidney transplants in his career and trained hundreds of students who say his patience as a teache...

Congratulations to "No. 50," Jerry Phillips, who had his 2-year checkup last week! #UABKidneyChain

"She won the lottery. Everybody wanted to do it, but she was the one able to do it. She would come to tears every time she thought about being able to do this for Wryn.”

A 62-year-old grandmother recently donated a kidney to her 2-year-old granddaughter at Children's of Alabama and UAB - The University of Alabama at Birmingham. It's an incredible story on a precious family.

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“To change somebody’s life and to give them quality of life is a wonderful gift."

With her 2-year-old granddaughter’s life in peril, 62-year-old Carol Graydon c...ame to UAB Medicine to be tested as a living kidney donor — and was a perfect match. Read the incredible story:

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Three years ago tonight, ABC Nightline shared the stories of Katelyn Pickel, Earl Pickel, Allison Nelson, Courtney McLaughlin, Derek Lambert (Nichole Lambert) and 36 others to the world — the first national announcement of UAB Medicine's UAB Kidney Chain, which had transplanted 21 people as part of the chain that began in Dec. 2013.

Today, the UAB Kidney Chain has seen 68 people receive a transplant since the initial gift from Paula King, who came forward wanting to be a kidney donor for a stranger in need. The selfless acts of Paula, 12 other altruistic donors and 55 family and friends have given so many a second chance at life. It has been a pleasure to highlight and share your stories of triumph and struggle. Each one of you has given strength, hope, and courage to many.

Re-live the Nightline story again by visiting…/strangers-give-kidney-loved-receive… and see many more UAB Kidney Chain stories at

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Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham has the US's longest on-going single-institution kidney donation chain.