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Gianna Graw, Graduate Student in the Higher Education Program, Donates Kidney

Her kind act prompts more donations

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Gianna Graw lost her father, William, a Jersey City police officer, to cancer in 2016. But she held on to the memory of how he was as a person that inspires her to this day.

“He was just so caring and compassionate, and that’s how he and my mom raised my sister and I. He was willing to do anything to help anyone, even a stranger,” Graw said. “That’s what inspired me after he passed away.”

That inspiration led the Lyndhurst resident to donate her kidney, setting off a chain of kidney transplants that went across the country.

The 24-year-old Montclair State University graduate student underwent surgery on December 9, 2020, to remove one of her kidneys, which was given to a recipient in Los Angeles.

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