Everyday Hero: “Angel” Traci Lochbaum

Traci Lochbaum and brother-in-law Kevin Lochbaum prepare to become kidney donor and kidney recipient, respectively in February 2013.

Traci Lochbaum and brother-in-law Kevin Lochbaum prepare to become kidney donor and kidney recipient, respectively, in February 2013.

By Karen Hendricks

With Memorial Day upon us, patriotic heroes are deservedly in the spotlight. But “everyday heroes” are those who demonstrate selfless acts of love or service, not in the line of duty, but during typical everyday life. Ordinarily, there are no parades, medals or ceremonies heralding their heroic acts. And they typically shy away from the spotlight.

Traci Lochbaum of McKnightstown, Adams County is a prime example of an “everyday hero.” Women are not usually ideal candidates for donating organs to men due to the differences in the organs’ sizes. And usually, a kidney is the size of a fist. However, Traci’s kidney was slightly larger than a fist–the ideal size to donate to her brother-in-law Kevin. As you’ll see, this is just one way her story defies the odds.

Click here to read about “Angel” Traci Lochbaum, an Everyday Hero profiled in the May/June 2013 issue of Celebrate Gettysburg magazine.

It was a joy to meet Traci, Kevin and their entire family; I hope you find their story as inspirational as I did. To learn more about becoming a kidney donor with the National Kidney Foundation, click here.

Prepping for life-saving surgery. Photo Credit: PinnacleHealth's Harrisburg Hospital

Life-saving surgery – Photo Credit: PinnacleHealth’s Harrisburg Hospital

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