Austin is a two-time kidney transplant recipient, both donated from living Donors. Austin was born in Germany and diagnosed at birth with ESRD. He received his first kidney from his mother in 1993 that went on to function for 14 years. His first transplanted kidney went into rejection in late 2007 and he had to undergo peritoneal dialysis for 3 years. In June of 2010, Austin received his second kidney from an unrelated living donor.
Having a kidney transplant has allowed Austin to be a voice in his community of the DC, Maryland and Virginia where he is currently an Organ Donation Advocate for Washington Regional Transplant Community and a Patient Care Transplant Volunteer for Children’s National Medical Center. He has shared his story with many people to help inspire, educate and motivate others to learn more about Kidney disease and organ donation. He has had the opportunity to receive the 2017 NBC4 Working 4 You and 2017 WRTC Donate Life Volunteer Of the year awards and is very excited to help join the efforts of AAKP.