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Jen Reeder
Jen Reeder is the founder of Rock 1 Kidney, a nonprofit that shares stories of ways kidney donors are “rocking one kidney” after donating. Learn more at

Entries by Jen Reeder

Celebrating Check the Chip Day With Happy Pet Reunion Stories

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 5:32 PM


Realizing a beloved animal is missing is every pet parent's nightmare. I've had a few scares with my dog, Rio, and am always grateful that he has a microchip (and he's always grateful for the extra treats he gets from his relieved mom).

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Life Advice From My 99-Year-Old Grandpa -- Still the Coolest Guy I Know

(23) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 8:27 AM


The words "cool" and "grandpa" don't always go together, but I've been hearing them used to describe my grandfather, Harrison "Steve" Stephens, all my life.

He and Grandma have the coolest love story. In 1939, he was a cub reporter...

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This Woman Forgave the Drugged Driver Who Killed Her Spouse -- And Is Starting a Movement

(14) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 7:05 PM

What I love most about being a journalist is the chance to interview inspiring people dedicated to making the world a better place. I've talked to gregarious chefs in soup kitchens, trainers of guide dogs for the blind, folks who volunteer abroad on their "vacations," women who shelter survivors of...

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How I've Been Rocking One Kidney Since Donating to My Husband

(12) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 11:35 AM

My husband and I have a very special date approaching: our second "transplantiversary." I was lucky to be able to donate a kidney to him on July 20, 2012, about a month before I turned 40 (which sure put that milestone in perspective!).

It was unbelievably empowering to be...

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Celebrating National Pet Week With Jake the Therapy Cat

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 12:45 PM


If you're like me, you love a good underdog story. It's a big reason I'm a pet writer. I am constantly inspired by the stories I hear from the rescue world. There are so many people working tirelessly to help homeless pets, and...

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I've Become a Crazy Dog Lady, But I'm Okay With It

(10) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 10:35 AM

It's always embarrassing when my local pet store hires a new employee. As she fights off carpal tunnel syndrome from ringing up all the treats and toys I'm buying, she assumes I'm a pet hoarder and asks, "How many dogs do you have?"

"One," I say. "But he's an only...

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Man With 34-Year-Old Transplanted Kidney Shares Advice for National Kidney Month

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 2:32 PM

Artist Michael Gaudet always thought his "ticket to immortality" would be as a monumental mural painter. But now, the Canadian thinks his legacy will have to do with kidney transplantation. He's a huge proponent of taking a proactive approach to kidney health since receiving a kidney from his brother, Steve,...

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Rocking One Kidney on World Kidney Day

(6) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 11:15 AM

In case you haven't heard, it's World Kidney Day, a time to spread awareness of kidney disease and treatment options like transplants. It's a special day for me, because I've seen firsthand the ways a kidney transplant can change a person's life -- I was able to donate my left...

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Give Blood, Get Pampered

(6) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 4:37 PM

"How much do you weigh?" the man at the computer asked me.

"Probably 150," I answered, knowing full well that I was 156 pounds at my last check-up, and had eaten cheese enchiladas several times since then.

"Instead of donating whole blood today, would you like to donate double red...

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