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When Her Dad's Kidney Was Failing, She Decided to Donate Hers

When Her Dad's Kidney Was Failing, She Decided to Donate Hers

For Father's Day, we asked Country Liberty Ambassadors to share their stories. This is Sierra's:

"Our story is special because I have been living on my own for 6 years and I haven’t felt homesick until recently when my dad began to go through kidney failure. I’m actually in the process of donating my kidney to him and the process has me reflecting a lot on where I am now and where I came from... small town New Brunswick!"

Sierra Keary grew up in Hartland, NB, and moved to Sackville, NB to attend Mount Allison University after graduating. She then moved to Fredericton, NB to finish her psychology and sociology degree at St. Thomas University - where she first met Sawyer, and heard of Country Liberty. 

"Growing up I couldn’t wait to leave my small town. Now that I have moved to a big(ish) city I appreciate the small town feel a lot more when I visit. I love being able to go anywhere at all, even some where as simple as the grocery store, and know I will be greeted by a friendly face and a warm smile."

For the past two years, Sierra has been living in Halifax, NS pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work at Dalhousie. After graduating in May, she's decided to take some time off before entering into the field. Her father's recent diagnosis with polycystic kidney disease has taken her on a roller coaster. She's now in the process of donating her kidney to her dad.  

"Living in Halifax and getting the work up done in New Brunswick and coordinating between the two has been stressful; but I’ve met so many incredible people who have been both informative and supportive which has really put my mind at ease about the entire process." 

This Father's Day, Sierra is grateful for the inspiration and lessons her dad has taught her. 

"We’ve definitely become closer since, and it has been more difficult to be away from home. He taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to - if I can manage to put my iPhone down long enough (haha) and always reinforced the importance of giving back to others and our community."