Turner's New Kidney Means New Outlook On Life
Susie Turner received a new kidney a little over a year ago from her brother; she is doing well and living life to the fullest, enjoying her grandchild, work and family.
Name: Susie Turner
Street: Riverview Ave.
Family: Husband Jeff of 25 years, daughter Jacquie (23), son in law Jose (23), granddaughter Isabelle (1) and son Jeffrey (21), and two dogs Kip & Lafawnduh (Lala).
Occupation: Companion to the Elderly (T.L.C. Senior Concierge Service), Independent Avon Representative and a crossing guard for the Town of Danvers.
What are you passionate about: Susie is passionate about Organ Donation, because just over two years ago, she received the gift of life from her brother Dave.
"I was placed on the waiting list for a kidney; my number was 3,176," she said. "That is a long wait, and I needed to have a transplant very soon, before I became any sicker. I put it out there on Facebook and was overwhelmed by the generosity of my friends and strangers."
In the end, it was her brother Dave, who stepped up to the plate to be tested, and he was a perfect match. Susie received her transplant on March 8, which coincidentally, is also known as World Kidney Day.
Susie was born with a quarter of a kidney, where most everyone is born with two full kidneys.
"I have been very fortunate that everything has been smooth sailing since then," she said, "I am one of the lucky ones who got a second chance at life. April is National Donor Month. This is a great time to consider becoming a donor to someone in need. Most everyone is born with two kidneys. You only need one—perhaps you could ‘share your spare.' The next time you renew your license, please consider checking off the box stating that you would like to be an organ donor. There are many people out there waiting for the gift of life, maybe you could be their hero! Over 100,000 people are still hanging on to the hope that they will one day receive the gift, not just of life, but of an entire lifetime. You can give hope to someone else. Please register as an organ donor at organdonor.gov."
Hobbies: Crafting, reading, baking, boating, going to yard sales and walking my dogs.
Favorite Movie: Steel Magnolias
Favorite Book: Thornbirds by Colleen McCullough
Dream Vacation: "Luckily, I was a USMC military wife, so I already had my share of places to visit," she said. "But if I had to pick one last place to travel to, my dream vacation would be to visit Nova Scotia."
Favorite Shop: Kohl's
How long have you lived in Danvers: Susie has lived here for fourteen years.
Why did you choose Danvers: "My husband’s last duty station was Portsmouth, NH and after living so many years away from family, we wanted to be close to them," she said. "We loved the Danvers school system and the many activities and services that were provided for our children. Love the small town feel."
Where will people see you around town: Peabody Institute Library, Daily Harvest Café and out in the Danvers waterways in her Pontoon.
What would you like to see changed in town: "The one change I would like to see happen, is actually at the top of my street, Riverview Ave. I would like to see a light installed, where the "Stop here on Red Sign” is," she said, "So many drivers ignore that sign. Because of this, my neighbors, who are my friends, have been in many accidents there. For the safety of everyone that travels that part of Route 62, I’d like to see my family and neighbors travel to/from home safely."