Arkansas Kidney Disease Commission Honors Donors for Life-Saving Deed

LITTLE ROCK - "If I can help someone as I pass along, then my living would not be in vain," Dr. James Campbell of Pine Bluff said, quoting a song that he said he uses as his philosophy for his practice. Campbell received the Bob Abbott Award for his contributions to the nephrology community.  

Campbell was recognized at the Arkansas Kidney Disease Commission (AKDC) Chain of Life Award Ceremony. The Bob Abbott award is named after the founder of the event.

Four kidney donors were also honored at the event for their life-saving deed: Patricia Prime of McCrory, Shannon Warren of Clarksville, Sammy Vankirk of Van Buren, and Warren Baldwin of Fayetteville. These donors live their lives with the same philosophy as Campbell. 

“It is in my makeup to share what I have been given, what I have been blessed with,” said Shannon Warren, who donated to her cousin. “You just show love to people. If you can help them, then you help them.”

Sammy Vankirk, of Van Buren, donated his kidney to his wife. “I knew that this was something I was supposed to do. A kidney is an extra part in me; I can live with one,” Vankirk said. “It’s not going to change my life in any way but can make someone else’s life a life again.”

The Arkansas Kidney Disease Commission is a program of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, a division of the Arkansas Department of Career Education.

(Photo: Sammy Vankirk and his wife Stephaine)
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