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or be helped by the matching service. Within a year,
Meservey had found a living kidney donor.
Since then, life has largely returned to normal for
Meservey. He has energy for his four children, he’s
back at work, and he’s been able to do renovations
on his home.
Pratt and MatchingDonors.com were literally his
life-savers. “You wouldn’t be able to do it yourself if
it weren’t for that Web site,” Meservey says. “I thank
God the process was there for me to find a donor.”
Pratt doesn’t just pass out cards. As a volunteer,
he instruct patients like Meservey on how to search
for donors in MatchingDonors’ database. Once a
prospective donor is found, the organization helps
set them up with a hospital to test whether they are
a good match.
And since 2004, Pratt has used his sales skills
to raise more than $1 million for the organization.
He starts by soliciting property donations. Once he
finds people to donate homes and other property, he
and others resell the property and give the proceeds,
including commissions, to MatchingDonors.com.
In addition to houses, Pratt has sold donated
cars, boats, and entire stocks of inventory from
stores going out of business. He finds donations and
buyers using old-fashioned marketing. He hits the
pavement. And, of course, he passes out Matching
Donors.com cards everywhere he goes.
“Everyone knows someone who knows someone
Soul “I wake up every morning and my mission is: What can I do to help someone today?” —Joel Pratt
who needs an organ,” Pratt says. “You can find com-
The organization has saved 500 lives since its in-
ception, and MatchingDonors.com CEO Paul Dooley
attributes hundreds of those success stories to
Pratt’s e;orts. “He doesn’t let you give up,” Dooley
says. “He’s the kind of person who, if you run out of
energy, is like, ‘Here, take my energy.’”
Pratt finds comfort knowing he’s doing the kind of
work his late wife would have wanted him to do. “You
wake up in the morning, and you know who you’re
working for,” Pratt says. “Helping people rebuilds my
heart and soul.” ;
Contact Joel Pratt at
donors.com. For more
Kidney recipient Stephen Meservey, right, with
his donor. Other donor-recipient pairings below.