This Friday evening OnMilwaukee and FM/102.1 will host a fish fry dinner fundraiser for Donate Life Wisconsin at O'Lydia's in Walker's Point featuring the world's first fish fry eating contest. Donate Life will be at the event to register people as donors. Please join us.
I really thought I was an organ donor because I signed the back of my driver's license and had the "dot" sticker on the front. But, it turns out, when I checked in with donatelifewisconsin.org, I was not registered as a donor.
A representative of the organization told me that there was a change in the database about a decade ago and anyone who had not registered since would most likely no longer be listed as a donor. And so I registered online immediately and, although I’m not one to "should" all over people, I really think you should, too.
This summer, I documented the story of Linda Sackett, a hardworking business owner in Milwaukee whose son recently gave her one of his kidneys. The beautiful irony of the story is that she was warned by her doctor not to give birth because of her kidney condition, and 28 years later, the child saved her life with a healthy organ.
"My kidney is going to outlive me," Sackett told OnMilwaukee.
In July, coworkers and I celebrated the "Kidneyversary" of my friends, Judges Derek Mosley and JoAnn Eiring. Eiring donated one of her kidneys to Derek and both are doing very well exactly one year later. It’s inspirational to witness such caring and commitment from one friend to another and also fascinating that a petite woman’s kidney can function fully in a larger-built man’s body.
I was extremely moved by these two firsthand experiences. I hope this encourages you to register, or re-register.
"It's important to remember that living donors (for kidneys) are always needed, as well," says Eiring.
It’s really easy to register online, and they send you a nice certificate acknowledging your promise of donation.
Here is a FB Live from last summer’s "Kidneyversary" event:
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.