Another Amazing Organ Donor Story Involving a Petaluma Resident!

Photo by JOHN BURGESS - The Press Democrat

Update/Photos Friday, July 11, 2014, 7:19PMWoman returns favor after new pancreas saves son,, Victoria Colliver

NEW Video:  ABC News Channel 7 (Thursday, July 10, 2014 by Lyanne Melendez):  ORGAN TRANSPLANT COMES FULL CIRCLE FOR FAMILIES

On December 26, 2013 the Argus Courier covered the story Families Bonded Through Organ Donation.  As a follow-up to that story, the SFGate reports today in a story New pancreas saved her son; now she’s returning the favor.  Today #Petaluma’s Janice MacKinnon will be donating here kidney to the father who donated his deceased son’s organs that helped to save the life of Janice’s son Jake.

If you missed this story, over 10 years ago after the death of their son Kalem, the Millard family donated his organs.  The recipient would be Petaluman Jake MacKinnon, who then was 19 and suffering from diabetes, received Kalem’s pancreas.

In a strange twist of fate, the MacKinnon’s years later wanted to thank the Millards.  The recipients of an organ donor can send a letter that protects both parties privacy.  In it the MacKinnons requested their contact information.  The Millards responded with their contact information.

Since then the MacKinnon’s and the Millards have become close friends.  Jake is now 29 and engaged to be married.  However Bill Millard, Kalem’s father, was suffering from kidney disease and needed a kidney donor.  It turns out that Janice MacKinnon, Jake’s mother, was a perfect match.   Today Janice will give her kidney to Bill in this incredible story.


ABC Channel 7 News (June 10, 2014)Happy Ending For Musician Who Donated Kidney to Ex-Girlfriend.

ABC Channel 7 News (June 7, 2014) – Fundraiser Set Up For Musician Who Gave Up Tour, Kidney to Ex-Fiance

ABC News Update (June 4, 2014)Kidney Transplant Complete Between Musician Who Gave Up Tour, Ex-Fiance PETALUMA, Calif. (KGO) –Doctors at UCSF successfully carried out an unusual kidney transplant Tuesday between a #Petaluma woman and her former fiance.

News hits the UK in MailOnline The love still stands’: Singer-songwriter cancels music tour to donate kidney to his ex-fiancé”

KTVU Update (June 2, 2014):  Click the the titles to go to the articles and videos Woman’s ex-fiance saves here life, with kidney transplant and  #Petaluma: Kidney match comes from unexpected mismatch.  Also seen this morning in  Huffington Post,  Sabrina Timms Gets New Kidney From Ex-Fiance Daniel Burdick (Video) .  Also see ABC new story Bay Area Musician Abandons Tour To Donate Kidney To Ex-Fiance


ABC News/Yahoo Burdick & Timms

#Petaluma residents: Daniel Burdick musician canceled his big break national tour when he discovered he is the perfect candidate to be a kidney donor for his ex-fiancé Sabrina Timms. The odds of being a match on the over 120,000 donor list are slim. Even the siblings only have a 25% chance of being a donor match.  Click here for the Good Morning America Yahoo News Report.

Click here to see a video of Dan Burdick playing with Timothy O’Neil Band on their birthday in 2012 on our YouTube channel.