A Gift of Life

by Jordan Yount & Jade Elwess

In December 2019, the paths of two Mizzou families were linked forever as one Mizzou employee, Jami Thompson (Senior Analyst for Institutional Effectiveness in the Office of the Provost), gave the priceless gift of life by donating a kidney to a co-worker’s son, Tavian, just in time for Christmas. As Sandra Brown, Tavian’s mother, said on the Team Tavian blog, “We were co-workers until this summer and now we will be family forever.” However, the long road that led them all to that point took many twists and turns. Read more.