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Tweet about kidney donation changes Arizona woman's life


As Amy Donahue tweets, tags and blogs the work day away, a little Wonder Woman figurine stands close by.

Amy is what you might call a social media "Wonder Woman," using her virtual networking powers for good.

Two years ago, Amy agreed to donate her kidney to a total stranger, after seeing a post on Twitter.

"I'm like, I'll do it.  I'll donate my kidney..what do I have to do," she said.

Amy went into surgery just a few months later.  The long-time comedian says she was surprised to learn how straight forward the surgery was and how quickly she recovered.

"I was hiking a month after the surgery.  I went for a hike and people just don't get that it's that easy it's that simple," she said.

Amy donated her kidney to a woman she calls "Tiny Mom," who had been battling kidney failure for over 10 years.  The transplant saved Tiny Mom's life and created an impenetrable bond between the women and their families.

"When I can see what something that took 90 minutes of surgery can change a whole family more people have to do it," said Amy.

And many more people did.  Dozens of strangers contacted Amy online, saying they too wanted to donate.

The virtual exchange gave birth to Amy's Facebook page and blog, "Social Media Stole My Kidney."

For her logo, a portrait of Amy sitting in a bathtub of ice; a nod to the old wives take of waking up this way after your kidneys have been harvested.

In May, Amy will embark on a cross country trip to film a documentary.

She'll finally meet, face to face, with 17 of the donors and two of the activists she's befriended through social media.

Tiny Mom's nephrologist, Dr. Jean Robey, is one of the film's biggest cheerleaders.

She hopes it will dispel organ donation myths, like the belief that a donor and recipient have to be related, or of the same race.

"It could raise the issue of chronic kidney disease to the level that it needs because its to par with diabetes and heart disease in terms of hurting patients," said Robey.

As Amy prepares kidney jokes for the comedy shows she'll perform on the road, she's also fundraising. 

Through social media, of course.  Using a site called Indiegogo, Amy has already raised thousands in donations, much of it from total strangers.

"I just want people too see this film and get behind it and believe in live organ donation because again, I was in the hospital for 48 hours.  I was eating in a restaurant five days after donating.  It was so easy I would do it again in a heart beat," said Amy.

Amy hopes to eventually show her film at festivals like South by Southwest and Sundance.

April 1 is the last day to donate to Amy's Indiegogo campaign online.  If you're interested in helping her reach her goal of $65,000 you can contact her at the links below:

Social Media Stole My Kidney:

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