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One Cornell professor donates a kidney to save another Cornell professor

In 2003 Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics at Cornell University Ron Ehrenberg received news that his kidneys weren’t functioning properly.

By 2016 he would need to rest in his office before gaining enough strength to drive home.

In 2019 he was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease and would be spending the next 5 years hoping for a kidney that would match.


Everyone who tried to donate had various reasons why they weren’t a match, and his treatments would take up 11 hours of his nights.

Associate Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell’s ILR School, Adam Seth Litwin, tested as a positive match.

He was tested on the off chance that he might be a match and was surprised when he found out he was. He was more than willing to make the lifestyle adjustments necessary to save his friends life.



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