“Donate Your Voice; Save A Life”. An Inspiring Motto of a Wife and A Kidney Warrior Who Raises Awareness About Kidney Donation

As you live in this great big world, it is possible that many things had occurred in your life. Through those situations and experiences, it is possible that you had evolved and learned from it. But in a certain point in your life, have you ever asked yourself if how could you make a difference in this world? How can you possibly be a blessing to others and live in this world meaningfully? Have you ever tried and reflect on that deep thought at some point in your life? Well, let’s know a story from a wife, a mother and real life warrior whose determination to make a difference and to raise awareness is exceptional.

Lisa K. Emmott, 44, a beautiful wife to a businessman Neil Emmott, 56 lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They have two beautiful daughters named Mackenzie and Cameron. His Husband, Neil, had lived with Polycystic Kidney Disease since 2001 until Neil needed a kidney transplant. Lisa and her brother-in-law were not accepted as living donors for kidney due to their medical reasons. Ever since then, they were in great search for a kidney donor when his kidney function dropped below 20% in April 2016.

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, Neil was one of the reported 95,000 people waiting for a deceased-donor kidney. In this case, they needed to rely to dialysis while waiting for donors because the long wait could last for 3-5 years. Luckily, there was other way to save Neil’s life and that was to find a living kidney donor.


The Emmott Family had kept the situation from other people for quite some time until Lisa somehow decided to open-up to few close friends in Ft. Lauderdale’s Bethany Christian where she was working when his husband’s health was deteriorating. She first told her daughter Mackenzie’s first grade teacher, Allison Malouf about her husband’s situation because she knew that Malouf’s husband also donated its kidney 8 years ago. Lisa really felt the need to talk to someone to ease the pain she was carrying in her heart even for just a bit.

Without hesitations, Malouf immediately volunteered to donate her own kidney because she really knew the whole process and how Lisa really felt about what their family were going through. She then began the evaluation process at John Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. It took five months and she had undergone several tests. Unfortunately, she found out that she was not qualified to donate for Neil because her blood type was A+ and Neil was O+. Her kidney would not really work for Neil.
Meanwhile, Lisa had also told one of her best friends, Britani Atkinson about their situation. Not long after that, Atkinson began the evaluation process without telling Lisa because she did not want Lisa to feel the disappointment if ever her kidney would not match with Neil. Fortunately, her blood is compatible to Neil’s O+ type, but later on she had found out that the size of her kidney was not compatible to Neil’s. So she was not able to donate her kidney to Neil.

The Emmotts' daughter, Mackenzie, with her first grade teacher, Allison Malouf.  via Today.com

Despite of the unfortunate circumstances they had faced with the whole evaluation process, these two brave women still amazingly determined to help other people. Their hearts were just genuinely pure and selfless. So they registered to the National Kidney Registry on behalf of Neil last June 2017. This life-saving list helps incompatible donors and patients to pair up to other patients and donors from all over the country. When the registry would find an even number of compatible pairs of donors and patients, they can possibly set the “chain” in which they could evenly exchange kidneys.

Mackenzie Emmott's teacher, Allison Malouf, taught her first grade class about what a living kidney donation means. via Today.com

Atkinson had her first donation successfully and then Neil had his surgery in John Hopkins last September 2017 and received a kidney from a compatible stranger from California. Atkinson gave her kidney to a patient in Boston and because of this wonderful chain, a total of four people received kidney transplants from the chain begun by Atkinson.

Allison Malouf's husband, Jason – pictured here with Lisa Emmott before Malouf's surgery – supported her throughout the process. He donated one of his own kidneys eight years before. via Today.com

Britani Atkinson, Lisa and Niel Emmott via Today.com

Malouf was also inspired to help by donating her one living kidney because of what had happened to Atkinson’s successful donation. So last November 2017, she donated one of her kidney and saved four more people with her chain including a 14-year-old-boy.
Allison, Neil, and Britani recovered well after their successful surgeries.  
“People don’t realize that living kidney donation is an extremely safe procedure. There’s a low risk to donors or we wouldn’t do it. Kidney transplant doubles the receiving patient’s life expectancy.” Dr. Niraj Desai said, John Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center Surgeon, on an article about the Emmotts on the John Hopkins Medicine Website.

Lisa was very humbled and in great awe in her friends’ selflessness. It made her so grateful and decided to be an advocate in raising the awareness about kidney donation.
“Thanks to living donors, my husband didn’t become one of the 13 people who die every day waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant. Instead, 8 people were given a new lease on life through the modern miracle of paired kidney exchange.

The Kidney Warrior mission was born from my frustration and sheer anger and not being able to donate my kidney. A benign quirk in my renal arteries prevents me from ever adding ‘kidney donor’ to my biography, so I have vowed to donate my voice to raise awareness. My motto, “donate your voice; save a life.”


"It was certainly NOT an easy path to find the smiles and success we are now embracing, but I’m hopeful that the embers from the hell we suffered can light the way for others. You have a 100% chance of reaching nobody if you say nothing. Say nothing, impact nobody. Say something, impact someone. Be the percent that makes an impact.” Lisa K. Emmott exclusively said to Inspirationally.

These awesome women Lisa, Allison and Britani are real heroes and warriors of today. They have really shared their genuine hearts to other people. Without hesitations, they had saved other people’s lives with their own lives. They had served as hope to those who lost their strength and hope to live life. You had given them another chance to live life happily and meaningfully. Thank you for your immeasurable courage and generosity, lady heroes.

Salute to Lisa Emmott who courageously stands for many people especially to those who are suffering from kidney problems and in need of kidney transplants. You remained strong despite of the challenges you had encountered and made yourself a living tool and a warrior to raise awareness about kidney donation. Through this advocacy, you can possibly save many lives through your voice. You are such a living proof of a person who wants to make a difference to the world.

Watch her inspiring story and let us help her raise the awareness of kidney donation to save many lives. To learn more about kidney donation, visit donatelife.net. Don’t forget the hashtags when you want to help and share her amazing her video. #kidneywarrior #shareyourspare  

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