"I sat down to watch the news one night and MY anchorwoman, Katie Couric, did a report on kidney chains. She told a story of one altruistic donor who gave his kidney away to a stranger and started a chain reaction of transplants all over the country. Before that show, I never heard of kidney chains and honestly didn’t know you could donate anything while you were still alive, other than blood, marrow, and hair. But after Katie explained it on her show and I did a bunch of research, I signed up to share my spare and start a kidney chain with the National Kidney Registry. It helped that her news report came on in November. Every year around that time I do something for someone else to celebrate my birthday, usually donating blood or attending a charity function. In my mind this was the perfect opportunity to give back, to be able to help someone in the most unconventional and necessary way." Meet Rachel from Northeast Indiana. As an altruistic donor through the National Kidney Registry (http://bit.ly/1ojtF3T), Rachel gave her spare kidney to an anonymous recipient from Pennsylvania in July 2012. In turn, his family member donated a kidney to an anonymous recipient in Illinois the very same day. "