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Former Notre Dame President Shares Personal Story About Kidney Donation

During his eighteen years as the president of the University of Notre Dame, Father Edward "Monk" Malloy was a leading advocate of volunteerism, traveled the world, meeting with noteworthy people such as Pope John Paul II, and published several books. Last summer, Father Malloy volunteered more than his time and energy – he donated his kidney to his nephew.

During his eighteen years as the president of the University of Notre Dame, Father Edward "Monk" Malloy was a leading advocate of volunteerism, traveled the world, meeting with noteworthy people such as Pope John Paul II, and published several books. Last summer, Father Malloy volunteered more than his time and energy – he donated his kidney to his nephew.

Father Malloy's nephew, Johnny Rorapaugh, had been on kidney dialysis for a year and a half and needed a transplant. After Johnny's sisters and nieces failed, Father Malloy stepped forward and found they had a match. At 67, he was still in prime physical and mental health and ready to make the biggest donation of his lifetime.

As part of the 2009 Nephrology, Dialysis & Transplant Symposium, Father Malloy will be sharing his story about his donation experience and the importance of organ donations on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 11:15-12:15 p.m., at Ramada Plaza Suites, 1635 42nd St. SW, Fargo. The symposium is aimed at educating health care professionals about current practice and recent advances within dialysis, nephrology and transplantation.

Father Malloy continues to be an advocate of volunteerism by sharing his story in hopes that he will move others to save a life. He explains, "I realize there are 80,000 people out there that need a kidney right now, and if the fact that I'm involved in this procedure could motivate one more to do it, then it would be worth it."