Dorothy Donelson joined the Army after graduating from high school and served active duty for one and half years. She attended Medic and X-ray Technical School at Fort Sam Houston and served in Germany for nine months as a medic and ambulance driver. After her active-duty service, she remained in the Army Reserves for one year.
In her civilian life, Dorothy worked in nursing homes as a CNA; raised a family while working part-time jobs; attended to cosmetology school; and worked in a group home for mentally-challenged adults for nine years. She earned a bachelor's degree in social work from Juniata College in 2004. She received her master degree from Temple University in 2007, and began working in behavior modification and with autistic children.
Dorothy was diagnosed with diabetes in the early 2000’s which is thought to have caused her kidney disease. She is not yet on dialysis, but does have a fistula in preparation for when the time comes. Dorothy has two children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She would love to be around to see her family continue to grow, and be able to take long walks and go dancing again!
Dorothy has enlisted the help of a Veteran's organization called DOVE Transplant which is helping in her outreach to find her life-saving kidney donor. DOVE will assist all prospective donors throughout the process and make sure they do not incur any out-of-pocket expenses related to the evaluation or surgery.
A healthy person can live a normal life with one kidney and save this Veteran's life! Please click on the link below if you would like to learn more OR call 551-449-8319. Thank you.