Lorena Rodriguez of San Diego wanted to be an altruistic living kidney donor to free a complete stranger from dialysis. But first, she had to make some changes in her own health and lifestyle. So, over a two-year period, she exercised and dieted to lose 50 pounds and lower her blood pressure. Once her health improved, she was cleared to donate. In doing so, she freed not just one person from dialysis but three because her donation started a kidney chain that resulted in three transplants. A young woman named Monique McCray, also of San Diego, got Lorena’s kidney. The two had not met before surgery, but were introduced shortly afterward. The women are now good friends and travel buddies!