“A gift that will keep on giving; Jackie Gorman will donate a kidney to a man she doesn’t know. Though some of us might have trouble understanding why, she knows exactly why.” By Sandy Banks. Los Angeles Times. November 2, 2010. Jackie Gorman wants to donate a kidney to a stranger. And UCLA’s Living Donor Transplant program is making it happen this week. It’s a desire Gorman has nursed for 10 years, since she interned as a hospital chaplain at UCLA. There she grew close to a diabetic woman whose kidneys had failed; who had spent years waiting for a transplant. The patient issued a challenge the chaplain couldn’t forget. “We were losing her,” Gorman recalled. “I told her, ‘I wish I could do more.’ And she said ‘You could. Sign up to be a kidney donor so somebody like me doesn’t have to die.’ I’d never had anyone call my bluff like that. I promised myself I would follow up.” Gorman couldn’t do it then — her husband objected, her children were small, she was working as a lawyer and couldn’t afford time off for the major surgery kidney donation required. But her children grew up, she and her husband divorced, and medical advances made the donation process less arduous. When she found herself jobless at 55, Gorman went to UCLA’s Living Donor program and signed up. She went through months of medical and psychological exams, and spent hours researching the process. She found she had a rare blood type that made her a perfect match for a man in New Jersey who was near the top of the national waiting list.