WNY Kidney Connection announces new board member

Amy Nash, a two-time kidney transplant recipient and organ donation advocate, has joined the Board of Directors of the Western New York Kidney Connection.

Amy 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 and she received her second Gift of Life 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 her health allows.

Amy is a volunteer with Unyts, western New York’s organ procurement organization, mainly as a keynote speaker for corporations, local civic and religious organizations, and in the classroom-from 4th grade to local colleges. As a fundraiser, she has raised over $20,500 for the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) in celebration of the 20th anniversary of her first transplant and the success of her second transplant. The NKF 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 Senator Ted Kennedy championed and voted for. 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, Amy represented Upstate New York Transplant Services and Western New York as she rode on the national Donate Life float in the Tournament of Roses Parade. Upon returning home, Amy looks forward to assisting the members of the Board of the WNY Kidney Connection to further promote kidney transplantation from living donors.

She resides in Clarence with her husband, Jerry, and their son, Nicholas Colombo.