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Technically, Jerome Josephs received a kidney when he underwent a transplant at IU Health in 2007. But, in his family’s eyes, he received time.
“My father got to experience 10 more years of life,” said his daughter, Marni Grossman, “which included the birth of grandchildren and great grandchildren, bar mitzvahs and weddings. Ten more years with his wife … they made it to 56 years, and he made it to almost 90 years old.”
To acknowledge that incredible gift of time, Marni and her family have made a gift to IU Health Foundation, directing it to three specific areas of care that made a difference in Jerome Josephs’ transplant journey. Those areas include:
Marni joined the virtual team transplant event “Transplant Matters” where she had the opportunity to thank them, saying this gift is “an acknowledgment of extraordinary service from your institution and as gratitude for the life you gave to our family in so many ways.”
Known for his upbeat persona and sense of humor, Jerome Josephs spent some of his extra time teaching grandchildren how to play golf. Marni said he instilled in them the strategy that he applied to life as well as to golf: “Always go for the hole when you’re in sight of the green."
Marni said, "His attitude of always going for the gold really has infiltrated our family, and certainly him in working so hard to get a kidney.”
With this gift, the Grossman family hopes to pass along that same sense of optimism and possibility to other families taking the transplant journey.
Many donors find that expressing gratitude with a monetary gift or a simple note helps in their recovery. Learn about our supporters’ reasons for giving and your options to thank someone.