By Nancy Olivas
So many members of GDB's tight community are givers: many of us give our time, love, friendship, financial support, and more to Guide Dogs for the Blind. But I'm inspired by two of our graduates. These two also happen to be GDB employees—they are Aerial Gilbert and Ken Altenburger.
Photo above: GDB graduates Aerial Gilbert with Guide Dog Splash and Ken Altenburger with Guide Dog Bristol standing together.
Ken had been in need of a kidney transplant, but after family members didn't match, there wasn't a lot of hope of receiving one in time. However, when friend Aerial heard of Ken's plight last September, she volunteered to donate.
So on March 1, one of Aerial's kidneys was transplanted into Ken and both of them are doing fine. Read more in Monday's Press Democrat here: http://www.petaluma360.com/article/20110321/COMMUNITY/110319560/1362/community?Title=Sight-impaired-friend-donates-the-gift-of-a-lifetime.