Laurie Lee, is from Hawthorn Woods, IL, and now lives in Cary, IL with her husband Rob Lee, 2 cats, and her dog. Her passions include traveling, SCUBA diving, boating, animals, being an entrepreneur, the outdoors, and transplant. She is a kidney donor, and is blogging her donor experience on her blog, Spare Parts.
Laurie is CEO of Swift Passport Services in Chicago. In addition to obtaining expedited passports and travel visas for the general public and corporations, Swift also registers all willing customers onto the National Organ Donor Registry. Their goal is to register 2000 people in 2016. Swift has also partnered with ORGANize to help facilitate a study that will help determine the most effective way to ask people to become organ donors.
Laurie is passionate about helping raise funds and awareness for NMTAC because her father is an organ recipient. He and Laurie’s family had to wait two years and struggle through a number of false alarms before Laurie’s father received the liver that he needed and responded well to the transplant.
Laurie is grateful every day to the family that had the courage to donate their loved one’s organs. As a result of the wonderful gift that her father received, Laurie has made it her personal mission to give back to organ transplant programs and to others in need of life-saving transplants.
As Laurie puts it, “I feel that we took from the system, and I’m grateful for that, but I also feel that it is my responsibility to give back into the system. It doesn’t work if we all just take – we also have to give.” By helping build a community of families like her own that have been positively affected by Northwestern Medicine’s transplant center, Laurie hopes to help further the research and services offered at NM, giving as many people as possible a chance at new life.
Laurie is eager to make an impact in the transplant world, and is not yet sure what that will look like. She is extremely interested in connecting with people who share her interest in flooding the donor pool, so that nobody has to wait for a life-saving transplant. You can call her at 312.927.7655 or email her at email@example.com.