Sandford is driven to give the gift of experience to others through his photography. Being a live kidney donor allowed him to give the gift of experience on an even grander scale. He saved his sister’s life.
Sandford’s decision to be a live donor was made long before he knew with certainty that his sister needed a kidney transplant to survive. “I was always willing and ready to do that for her.”
Dave and his sister always had a solid and strong relationship, but saving her life deepened their bond and his love for life and adventure. “There are times when she looks at her son and thinks if it wasn’t for the transplant her son wouldn’t be here. I wouldn’t have this amazing five-year-old nephew who is so much fun to be around. So many wonderful things have come from this decision.”
A passionate photographer, Dave has developed a unique admiration for the world. “I am so very fortunate to do what I do. I see so many wonderful things,” said Sandford. “If someone is in a position to be a living donor, to give someone the opportunity to feel the warmth of the sun and to see the ocean, why would they not?”
Dave donated photography prints to LHSC’s New Canvas online auction in 2018 and 2019.
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