From NBC Dallas-Fort Worth:

NBC 5 anchor/reporter, Kristi Nelson, is telling her touching, personal story of donating a kidney to her mother during a multi-part series titled “Kristi’s Gift” airing the week of August 15, 2011 on NBC 5.

“I’m doing this because she’s my mother and I love her and I think she has a wonderful spirit,” said Nelson. “I also think it’s an especially important message to send to minority communities, including African Americans and Hispanics. The message is that we need to take care of ourselves and that if we do have contributing factors to kidney disease we can control them.”

“Kristi’s Gift” will examine kidney disease, organ donation and transplantation from the caring and emotional perspective of a mother and daughter. Nelson, the youngest of four siblings, learned with her mother in early 2010 that a transplant was needed. Nelson has witnessed her mother taking dialysis three times per week. The series will examine their mother-daughter bond and factors leading up to their decision.

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