Laurie Lee, is from Hawthorn Woods, IL, and now lives in Algonquin, IL with her husband Rob Lee. Her passions include her family & friends, adventure travel, SCUBA diving, her pets, her business Swift Passport Services, the outdoors, and transplant.  Laurie is a non-directed kidney donor whose donation sparked a 6 person transplant chain on Nov 22, 2016.  She was compelled to become a donor after her father, Dan Dickinson, received a life saving liver transplant in 2011.

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Laurie is one of the original members of Northwestern Medicine’s Transplant Advisory Council, that powers Transplant Village.  Transplant Village is an inspired group of organ recipients, donors and their families is united in their mission to support the future of organ transplantation at Northwestern Medicine while connecting and supporting the transplant community.  Her main role with Transplant Village is facilitating a monthly workshop called the Kidney Champion Program which teaches people who are in need of a kidney different strategies to attract a living kidney donor.

Laurie enjoys working on projects in the transplant world that make an impact!  She was one of the organizers of the 2018 Donor Rally which resulted in a Guinness World Record for the largest number of Living Organ Donors (410!) in one place.  She is currently wholeheartedly invested in CrowdSource for Life and is a producer for a docuseries called Abundant which explores the concept of abundance through stories of non-directed organ donation.  She believes this project is the catalyst that our society needs right now to pay attention and to take action, so that people don’t have to die or suffer waiting for an organ transplant. Her podcast, Donor Diaries, was developed to support this project and it’s initiatives.

Laurie is extremely interested in connecting with people who share her interest in flooding the donor pool, so that nobody has to wait for a life-saving transplant.  You can call her at 312.927.7655 or laurie@transplantvillage.org.

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Laurie!
    I just sent you a comment, and hope that you received it.
    If not, please let me know and I’ll te-type it.

    I wanted to let you know that my business is in forensics & I have dealt with organ and tissue donation companies for the past 10 years on deceased donors.
    I am meeting with the new liaison from Indiana Donor Network on Tuesday in Indianapolis, and will share with them how much your blog touched me.


    • Thanks for your comments Kate, they are my first! Your work sounds extremely interesting, if it ever brings you to Chicago, I would love to meet in person and get a coffee (or water, sounds like you drink a lot of it). Best of luck to you in your journey, and I definitely look forward to following your FB page, and staying in touch. I just found a FB page called The ALODF Donor Support Group- I have found some really interesting information on that page, you should check it out. There are a lot of non-directed donors on the site like us. Take care and stay in touch #1beanpower!


  2. Hi Laurie,
    I just checked out your blog and was very impressed and excited to see how active you’ve been in advocating for living donation. Like you, I’m passionate about the subject and am so looking forward to the Living Donor Rally. I’m really looking forward to meeting you, hearing about your activities–and telling you about the book I’m writing on LKD–with a kidney recipient! (I was also touched to read Kate’s comments here and realize how much has happened in such a short time.) See ya soon. Best, Carol
    P.S. I see we have something else in common–my husband and I love Thailand (we were there just once–so far–in Dec. 2016)!


    • Thanks for the message Carol, and thanks for reading my blog! I would love to hear about your book, and look forward to reading it! There will be 3 other transplant authors at the event, if you don’t know them, I bet they would be good to network with. See you later this week, I look forward to meeting you too! This is going to be a lot of fun 🙂


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