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Freedom Mortgage Celebrates Military Appreciation Month by Giving Back

Freedom Mortgage is passionate about servicing our military personnel in more than a few ways. One such way is through Donor Outreach for Veterans, Corps. (DOVE). This is a cause close to our hearts. DOVE helps identify, screen, and educate prospective donors and match them to veterans in need.  

One of our own, Mark K., is a Freedom Mortgage employee and a 75-year-old veteran who served in the Army for 10 years. Last year, Mark learned he was in desperate need of a kidney transplant. Over the past summer, when Mark casually mentioned his health condition to his neighbor, Tammy R., a Freedom Mortgage employee, she took action. Tammy wanted to raise additional awareness of the need for organ donation from living donors and organized a run to raise money for Mark so he could continue his campaign to find his living donor.  

“I feel like I have always been driven by the prospect of saving and improving lives,” Tammy said, “and I love Freedom Mortgage’s values when it comes to supporting the communities where we live and work.”

With Tammy and Mark’s help, Freedom Mortgage raised thousands of dollars to support DOVE’s work—and Mark found his donor, thanks to DOVE. Mark was paired with Julie, a donor in Florida who contacted DOVE and requested to be paired with a veteran in need. After learning about Mark and his background, Julie agreed to gift her kidney to Mark, which she named Jay Dog. The transplant took place in March 2022, and Mark is recovering nicely. Julie is already back to her regular routines, including teaching water aerobics.  

“In general, people want to help veterans. Giving a kidney to donors is safe and incredibly gratifying. Once recovered from surgery, donors resume their normal, active life with no restrictions. Donors often feel heightened self-esteem and seem healthier after their donation. The bond between a donor and recipient is deep and lifelong,” said Sharyn Kreitzer, founder and Executive Director of DOVE, Donor Outreach for Veterans, Corps.



If you are interested in learning more about living kidney donation or how to support DOVE, please visit dovetransplant.org or email: info@dovetransplant.org.


Freedom Mortgage is proud to be one of the largest full-service mortgage companies and the top VA and top FHA lender in the U.S., with the mission to foster homeownership for all consumers across America.
 

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