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A 30-Year-Old Gift That Keeps on Giving

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Garry Bruce Taylor, left, is shown sitting by his sister Anna Mae White, who donated her kidney to him. (Photo: WBOC) Garry Bruce Taylor, left, is shown sitting by his sister Anna Mae White, who donated her kidney to him. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md.- The Taylor family of Salisbury is celebrating the new year in a very special and unique way. Thirty years ago, in 1980, Anna White gave her brother, Garry Taylor, the best present of all: her kidney.

Taylor was on dialysis at the time and was shaken by the news of his kidney failure. 

"It was a dark time in my life before I received it," Taylor said. "My kids were small, but I had the opportunity to see them grow to adulthood, and I have six grand kids."

White, 56, said she did not think twice about giving her big brother her kidney.

"I was scared because after seeing him on dialysis it frightened me to see him going through the pain and the agony of transferring blood.  I said, 'OK, I am going to do this,'" White recalled.

The Taylor family gathers every year to celebrate their blessings and said the illness has brought them closer. One of Taylor's nieces, LeShante Fairell said, "This is a model of what I want my family to be like."

Taylor hopes his story will inspire others to donate their organs and is always grateful for his sister.

"When she did that for me, what can you say, except, I love her and thank God. He's the one." 

Less than 44 percent of kidney transplants survive more than 10 years on their donor kidney, so Taylor is very fortunately.  His odds are better, however, since he got it from a first-degree relative.

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