Amy Donohue and Tori Bergstrom after filming. Photo provided by Tori Bergstrom.
Social media can do more than just keep you updated on your friends' lunches and cats. For John Maw, it saved his life and gave Tori Bergstrom the chance to view the world in a new light.
Bergstrom reconnected with Maw several years ago. After being close friends in college, life took over and they went seperate ways. When they both signed up for Facebook, Bergstrom and Maw rekindled their friendship and realized they live in the same Holladay neighborhood.
A year and a half ago, Bergstrom got a call from Maw's wife who was in Africa at the time. Maw had been diagnosed with IgA nephropathy (aka Berger's disease) and was in desperate need of a kidney transplant.
Bergstrom had worked in the medical field and knew about the procedure and wanted to help her friend. She went out that week and got a test and found out she was a match for Maw. When she was young, Bergstrom lost her mother to cancer, which made her even more willing to donate. "I had to help. I think 'what if someone could have helped my mom?'" she says. Bergstrom's donation opened her eyes, and she loves that she was able to help Maw, a father of three children who can now watch his children grow.
Bergstrom and Maw after the kidney donation. Photo provided Tori Bergstrom.
Bergstrom was interviewed for a new documentary, Social Media Stole My Kidney, which is being funded through an Indiegogo campaign. It's being produced by Amy Donohue, a comedian from Phoenix.
The documentary promotes live organ donor awareness and provides interviews with those who have met donors via social media. Click here to learn more about the documentary or the Indiegogo campaign.