Amy Nash, a two-time kidney transplant recipient and organ donation advocate, has joined the Western New York Kidney Connection board of directors.
Nash has received two kidneys; her first on July 1, 1986, from a 20-year old man, Joseph Albers, who was killed in a car accident. After 21 years that kidney failed. She received her second kidney in a living donation from her childhood friend, Maureen Wirth, on Dec. 1, 2008.
Her professional background is in marketing and advertising, most recently serving for 12 years as the director of marketing for Skis Dynastar Inc, a French ski company. Currently, she volunteers as often as her health allows.
Amy is a volunteer with Upstate New York Transplant Services, Western New York's organ procurement organization, mainly as a keynote speaker for corporations, local civic and religious organizations, and in the classroom - from fourth grade to local colleges. As a fundraiser, she has raised more than $20,500 for the National Kidney Foundation in celebration of the 20th anniversary of her first transplant and the success of her second transplant. The foundation honored her with their Extraordinary Achievement Award in 2007.
In 2008, she was invited to Washington, D.C., to speak with Congressional staffers in an effort to ensure passage of the 2008 Medicare Health Act - one of the last bills Sen. Ted Kennedy championed. To do so, she performed dialysis in her hotel between meetings in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives offices. Speaking on Capitol Hill on behalf of all kidney patients remains one of her proudest achievements.
On Jan. 1, Nash represented UNYTS and Western New York as she rode on the national Donate Life float in the Tournament of Roses Parade. Upon returning home, she said she looks forward to helping Western New York Kidney Connection board members further promote kidney transplantation from living donors.
She lives in Clarence with her husband, Jerry, and their son, Nicholas Colombo.