Hannah Goralski serves as an intern for the Northwestern Medicine Transplant Advisory Council. A junior majoring in Public Relations at Loyola University, Chicago, Hannah is a dedicated student and a recipient of the Taylor’s Gift scholarship. In addition to her work with NMTAC, Hannah works as a guest service ambassador at Cubs games, despite being a devoted White Sox fan. She is also a desk manager at her dorm.
Hannah’s life was touched by Northwestern Medicine in 2011 when her 19-year-old brother donated his kidney to their father. Hannah has said, “My family had the pleasure of meeting Dan and Nancy Dickinson while at Northwestern Medicine. Dan had his transplant just a few days before my father had his.” Hannah’s father is currently awaiting his second kidney transplant.
Hannah decided to serve as an intern for the Transplant Village as a way to give back to Northwestern Medicine, an organization which she says “has given my family so much.” Hannah added that she also wanted to intern “because I am passionate about organ donation and I want to share that passion with others.”
Hannah hopes to create more awareness for Transplant Village and for the wonderful work being done by the NMTAC. “I want to generate hope for those who are awaiting a transplant while also engaging and energizing those who have been so blessed to receive a transplant from Northwestern Medicine.”
Hannah added, “After my bother donated his kidney he said, ‘God gave me a second kidney for a reason: to grow it, to raise it, and to give it.’ I hope one day more people can see life with the same inspirational outlook as my brother.”