20 Years of New Life: Ambassador of Hope Reaches Significant Milestone
Ann Sturrock lives life to the fullest. She creates, travels and volunteers, and she will compete in the Donate Life Transplant Games in August.
And it's all because nearly 20 years ago, her sister, Gina, donated a much needed kidney in Ann's time of need.
Ann was diagnosed with a genetic disorder in which clusters of cysts develop primarily within the kidneys, causing them to enlarge and lose function over time. When it was discovered that she would need a kidney transplant, "all five of my brothers and sisters, mother and ex-husband all offered to donate," Ann said.
"I feel extremely fortunate to have such a great extended family that supports me," said Ann. "I wouldn't have been able to get through this journey without them."
Ann's family also includes two children. Laurel, 30, is married and lives in California, and Bryce, 32, is engaged and lives in Austin. Now that she's in good health, Ann is able to visit them often. She also has two dogs, which she considers family: Merci and Vinnie.
Without a lifesaving kidney, Ann would not have seen her children grow up. She is grateful to her sister for giving such a precious gift.
To mark the 20th anniversary of Ann's transplant, Ann's family will be making a special trip to Sanibel and Captiva in Florida at the end of June.
"I'm looking forward to this special time together," said Ann. "My family means the world to me."