True American Hero: The Marine with a Heart of Gold Donates a Kidney

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After two tours in Iraq, this soldier returned to a Thanksgiving Dinner that changed his life. There he learned that Daniel, a scarcely known cousin of his wife, desperately needed a kidney. So Darren Smiley practiced one of the tenets of his faith, to make life better for people, he donates a kidney to someone he didn’t even know. With this touching story of a patriot and compassionate human being, Renal Support Network salutes and honors this true American hero and all the troops risking their lives to defend ours in this special celebration for July 4th, American Independence Day.

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Stephen Furst Stephen Furst got his big break into movies in “Animal House,” in which he played Flounder. Stephen has also starred as Dr. Elliot Axelrod in “St. Elsewhere” and as Vir Cotto in “Babylon5.” He is a successful television and movie producer/director and a kidney patient.


Lori Hartwell is the Founder & President of Renal Support Network (RSN) and the host of KidneyTalk®, a radio podcast show. Lori was diagnosed with kidney disease at the age of two. In 1993 she founded RSN to instill “health, happiness and hope” into the lives of those affected by chronic kidney disease. Lori is also the author of the inspirational book Chronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness and is a four-time kidney transplant recipient.

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