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Stories From Main Street: Sisters Start Kidney Foundation After Journey To Save Father

March 24, 2019 - 4:00 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Nearly a decade ago, WCBS 880 met a group of sisters desperate to find a kidney for their ailing father.

Their journey took them to Craig’s List and, at the time, WCBS 880’S Catherine Cioffi reported on their quest, bringing the three sisters to a donor in California.

Daniel Flood, now 79-years-old, was saved because of their efforts.

“I love all and appreciate their efforts,” he says.

But their journey wasn’t over. After saving their father’s life, the Flood sisters, from Westchester County, decided they wanted to help others in similar situations.

In this week’s Stories from Main Street, WCBS 880’s Sean Adams provides an update to their heartwarming story.

“We provide a flood of love, persistence and hope,” says Jennifer Flood.

The three sisters have started their own foundation, the Flood Sisters Kidney Foundation.

“We help people obtain living kidney transplants nationwide,” Jennifer says.

She, along with her sisters Heather and Cynthia, were inspired to start the foundation after seeing the overwhelming response from people across the country, hoping to donate a kidney to their father.

“An awesome woman from Monterey, California came forward. She wanted to give back, she had lost a mother figure in her life at the time and saw our ad and was compelled to help,” Jennifer says of the eventual donor they found for their father .

Now, instead of Craig’s List, the sisters use social media and various databases to connect donors with those in need.

“We use social media, media in general is the vehicle for spreading awareness for donors, and donors will contact us. So we have an internal database of donors and everyone is all strangers wanting to help someone in need and we've coordinated fourteen transplants to date,” the sisters say.

“I think it's getting easier because with living donation people can live very well with one kidney and they're more educated about the process and knowing that a living kidney donor will last way longer than a deceased cadaver organ, so living donation is cutting edge and where people are living better lives, healthier lives.”

A few years ago they found a kidney for Bon Jovi and Dolly Parton's former attorney.

Though, the Flood sisters still want to grow and expand their operation.

They're looking for selfless people who are willing to part with a kidney  and they are looking for donations. Currently, they are working to find living kidneys for nine patients.