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Annie Gray

Annie Gray

I’d love to be an ear for people who are going through the process of being tested to donate or waiting for a donor.

Annie Gray is a Management Supervisor at the renowned advertising firm, Ogilvy & Mather. Before starting at Ogilvy, she worked in marketing and sponsorship for Chicago’s Major League Soccer team, the Chicago Fire. Brands she has worked with include Dove, Corona Light, Modelo, Huggies, Truvia, and the Chicago Blackhawks. She also does pro bono work for PAWS Chicago.

Annie grew up in Downers Grove, IL, before attending the University of Dayton (go Flyers!) where she majored in Sports Marketing with a minor in Public Relations. She currently lives in Wicker Park with her husband and their rescue dog, Bebe. Annie enjoys trying new restaurants whenever she can, traveling, and running. She is continually trying to convince her husband to adopt another dog.

Annie never thought much about organ donation before the last few years, aside from opting to be listed as a donor on her driver’s license. All of that changed when, in the span of just two years, both her father-in-law and father needed transplants. Annie’s father-in-law received a new liver in England, and her father needed a new kidney. When her brother wasn’t a match, she got tested. “The day I got the call that I was a match was one of the best days of my life,” Annie said. She and her father went through with the transplant at Northwestern Medicine on March 3, 2016. “We are both very thankful to be in good health.”

Annie joined the NMTAC advisory council as a way to give back for the care she and her father received at Northwestern. As she puts it, “I’d love to be an ear for people who are going through the process of being tested to donate or waiting for a donor, as sometimes you just need someone to talk to.”