The Morgante Family

Catwalk for Kidneys - Rochester

Welcome to the Catwalk for Kidneys page for the Morgante family!

We are SO excited to be returning as a family to the runway this year for such an incredible cause. This will be our third year participating in the Catwalk for Kidneys and we are excited to bring on the FUN up there on stage together. You won't want to miss it!

On February 8th, 2017, Olivia underwent surgery to donate her kidney to her friend, Julia. Since then, they have been quite the team, working together to help spread awareness of organ donation and raising funds for those struggling in their local kidney community.

Besides honoring their friend Julia, the Morgante family is walking the Catwalk for a few reasons:

  1. Raising awareness. The average time on a kidney waiting list is nearly 4 years. Nearly 5,000 people on that list die each year while nearly 36,000 are added to it. It's estimated that if 1 out of 10,000 people would donate, there would be no waiting list.
     
  2. Encouraging others to consider being a donor.Though recovery from living donation is no catwalk in the park, Olivia will tell you she would absolutely do it again. If being a living donor is not possible for you, please consider signing up to be an organ donor for when you pass. A deceased donor has the possibility of saving up to 8 lives.
     
  3. Raising financial support.  You can support the Kidney Foundation by making a donation to this page or by attending the event and purchasing tickets at this link! https://healthykidneys.org/event/catwalk-for-kidneys-rochester/

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