By Jessy Zhou
Meeting in front of a kidney-bean-shaped piece of art holds additional symbolism for Kate Griggs. She came to Millennium Park to pose for a photo in front of Cloud Gate — an iconic sculpture better known to Chicagoans as “The Bean” — with others who have donated a kidney or other organ to a person needing a transplant.
Griggs became a living donor in 2016 when she donated one of her kidneys to a stranger. Soon after, she started this gathering of fellow donors, to raise awareness about organ donation and to encourage others to register as living donors.
Now, the group meets in Chicago every April for National Donate Life month. Last year, 410 donors met up in front of the sculpture, setting the Guinness World record for largest-ever gathering of living organ donors.