Nine Arkansans, including one person from outside of the state, were presented with a Chain of Life Award by the Arkansas Kidney Disease Commission during a ceremony on March 22 in Little Rock.
The Chain of Life Awards began at the request of the Arkansas State Legislature following the 2011 session. The ceremony serves to recognize and show appreciation to living kidney donors for their contribution. Many of the “heroes” have donated their kidney to a person whom they had no relationship prior to the transplant.
The nine donors include the following::
Pamela Bates, Hot Springs
Eva Beggs, Plainview
Amanda Bledsoe, Pendleton, IN
Randall Bruce, Fort Smith
Tammy Hendren, Sulphur Springs
Jeff Johnson, Little Rock
Yvonna McCartney, Lovaca
Felecia Steward, Pine Bluff
John Stokes, Norphlet
Cynthia Baker-Smith, program director for the Arkansas Kidney Disease Commission, said, “We look forward to this heartwarming ceremony each year. This is our grand opportunity to salute those who gave a life-saving donation. This shows that there are still good people in our state and across our nation.
The Arkansas Kidney Disease Commission is a program of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, a division of the Arkansas Department of Career Education
Felicia Shelton (middle) provided her husband, George Shelton, with a kidney. They are
pictured with Mark Winslow, chairman of the Arkansas Kidney Disease Commission.
Pamela Bates (middle) provided her husband, Gordon Bates, with a kidney. They are
pictured with Mark Winslow, chairman of AKDC.
Tammy Hendren presented a kidney to the friend of a Facebook friend. She is pictured
here with her husband and Mark Winslow, chairman of the Arkansas Kidney Disease