Ari Sytner gave a selfless gift, the gift of life. His book, The Kidney Donor’s Journey: 100 Questions I Asked Before Donating My Kidney, reveals the true and inspiring story of his personal journey and aims to show others how they too can save lives. Five years ago, with no personal connection to kidney donation, Ari went on a personal journey to explore what was involved. He spent a full year learning, contemplating and weighing the risks of kidney donation against the value of a human life. The process itself was transformative and he was grateful that at the end of it, he was given the opportunity to share a piece of himself with another person and give the gift of life to a stranger, a single mother of 3 children.
Sadly, in the United States alone, on average 12 people die each day while waiting for a kidney, even though a solution exists. Globally, there are 4 million people who will die without receiving a new kidney. This reality compelled Ari to do something about it. After conducting a survey, Ari was surprised to learn that while most people agreed that donating a kidney was a noble act, most felt that it should remain private and not shared with the world. However, Ari had the notion that if more people did speak up and speak out about donating organs, more lives could be saved in the process.
About Ari Styner
Ari Sytner is a serial optimist. He is a rabbi, social worker, therapist, inspirational speaker, Huffington Post contributor, blogger, CEO, organizational strategist, consultant and proud kidney donor. Ari is the Director of Leadership and Community Development for Yeshiva University, where he travels to communities worldwide to train and inspire healthy and functional communal relationships and organizations. He holds a BA in Psychology, MS in Education, MSW in Social Work and is currently a Ph.D. candidate. His positive messages of kindness and optimism universally resonate through all the work he does.