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Jan Clemis grateful for life after kidney transplant

April 16, 2019

Jan Clemis has a new lease on life after a kidney transplant from her son, Blair Clemis. That’s why she wants to raise awareness about the importance of being an organ donor.

“I’m a living witness because it gave me a new lease on life,” said Clemis of the importance of organ donation. “Helping others in need is not a responsibility of life; it is what gives meaning to life.”

Clemis who has either walked or served as part of the support staff for the Kidney March since its inception back in 2010, has Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). A condition passed on genetically that sees cysts develop from the nephrons (filtering units) of the kidneys, which enlarges them and eventually prevents the proper filtration of blood.

Clemis, who is a registered organ donor, encourages others to sign up.  

“You never know who you might help,” she said.