U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney (D., 11th) honored Danville resident Tanya Lombardi with a statement on the House floor Tuesday for her selfless donation of a kidney to a member of her book club, Maxine Moir.
The congressman's statement coincides with the start of March as National Kidney Month.
"Four years ago, Tanya joined a local book club in Danville, Calif. There, she met Maxine Moir," McNerney told the House. "Maxine needed a new kidney but couldn't find a donor.
In response, Tanya offered her kidney to Maxine, displaying great compassion and courage. This past December, Tanya provided Maxine with a miraculous holiday gift."
The two women remain close friends and take weekly walks, he went on to say. In 2008, there were 13,000 kidney donations, he added.