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The Franciska Show

May 14, 2024

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The Life-Changing Journey of a Kidney Donor: Aviva's Story

In this episode Aviva shares a captivating story of altruism and the profound impact of kidney donation of Aviva Breda, a 42-year-old mother of three from Teaneck, New Jersey. Aviva recounts her journey from learning about kidney donation at a community awareness event, facilitated by the organization Renewal, to ultimately deciding to donate her kidney. This decision was inspired by a profound belief that we are given two kidneys for a reason, and the 'extra' is not ours to keep but to share. She navigates through the emotional and physical process of kidney donation, including the rigorous screening and the surgery itself, leading to a successful transplant in May 2019. Aviva's story highlights the incredible support of Renewal, an organization that aids Jewish kidney donors and recipients, but also serves non-Jewish individuals.

Despite facing personal challenges and recovery post-surgery, Aviva's tale is one of resilience, gratitude, and the unanticipated joy of giving. Her experience has not only affected her recipient and his family but has also inspired others within and outside her community to consider kidney donation. Moreover, Aviva's openness about her journey serves as a beacon of hope and encouragement, stressing the importance of spreading awareness and the undeniable fulfillment that comes from saving a life.


About Our Guest:

Aviva Breda is a 42 year old mother of three. She lives in Teaneck NJ where she runs her own business, Aviva Breda Consulting, specializing in personal shopping  and style consulting. When not working or busy with her family, Aviva spends her time  reading, taking barre classes, and speaking about the importance of kidney donation awareness. To learn more about Aviva and her story check her out on Instagram @avivabreda or email her at You can also check out her podcast A Piece of Me with Aviva Breda on all streaming platforms.


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