Sofia donated a kidney to her best friend Anthony

I never could have imagined being able to save the life of someone so close to me. I’ve known Anthony for over 10 years. We met at Dawson College and we’ve been best friends ever since. When I learned that Anthony’s kidneys had stopped working and that he had to undergo dialysis at home several times a day, it broke my heart.

I knew I couldn’t just sit there and twiddle my thumbs, watching him undergo all those difficult treatments. So I told Anthony and his parents that I wanted to give him one of my kidneys.

Although I didn’t know if my kidney was a match for him, I knew something had to be done. Over the next few months, I underwent a long list of tests, saw countless doctors, and finally received the amazing news: I was a 100% match for Anthony!

When we got the news, our eyes filled with tears of joy. The unknowns never worried me, because the doctors had prepared me well. I also knew I could count on the unconditional support of my family, my friends and most importantly, my best friend Anthony. I knew that as of May 12, 2011, he would have his health back and that he would have it for the rest of his life, and as I made that major decision, his health was the only thing I could think of. I am absolutely thrilled about what I’ve done, and seeing him enjoy life again is the best reward I could ever have hoped for.