One donor's story: Mandy Tepfer

  • Olivia
  • Organ
  • Living Donor: 2006

I feel great, and have completed my Masters Degree at Hamiline University since the transplant. I am happily married to my husband, Andrew and we have a dog named, Brutus.
I presently live in Lakeville and work for the Veteran’s Administration, helping Veterans.  I love my job as I help people every day!
I have a very active lifestyle,as I love to workout, play golf and travel.
Life is good and I would encourage everyone to be a donor!

What is important to me is helping people and living everyday to the fullest!  I come from a Military family and grew up in Olivia, MN.  I graduated from BOLD high school and got my Bachelors degree at MN Southwest State University.  I just graduated from Hamiline University with a masters degree in Public Administration. My husband serves in the MN National Guard and has deployed twice.  My mother retired after 20 years in the Army and 21 years working for the Veterans Administration. My brother is in the Army and has 8 years in.
Life isn’t always easy, but I have learned that giving time to others makes my problems seem small…….Positive Mental Attitude is what I learned from my mother, and that has served me well throughout my life!

My mother became sick while I was in high school.  Her kidney disease was discovered while she was still serving in the Army, but she kept going and lived with it for almost 20 years.  I was in college when she got sicker, but she still kept going.  There was never any doubt in my mind that I would donate a kidney when it was needed!  I could not imagine my active mother on dialysis.  In 2006 it was time…
My brother and I both tested and were both a match.  After an arguement over which one of us was going to be the one, I won out.
Hennepin was wonderful with all of their education, and getting us ready for the big event!  On September 14, 2006 I gave the best gift EVER to my mom and we celebrate that as our “together birthday” each year!  It is so wonderful to live each day knowing that my mother is healthy and will be here to share with us all of our events I life. I feel great too, and would encourage everyone to consider giving the gift of life through organ donation!

Mandy Tepfer