Jonathan Rivera Gómez

Like many boys his age, Jonathan Rivera Gómez, 16, enjoys basketball, billiards and having fun with his friends. Unlike most boys his age, Jonathan travels to Puerto Rico’s only pediatric dialysis clinic for treatment three times a week—driving three hours one-way.

Despite his hardships, Jonathan has a positive outlook and is working hard to stay healthy so he can get a transplant. He is popular at the dialysis clinic, always happy, smiling, and playing pranks on the staff and other patients. Jonathan was honored by the American Kidney Fund at the 2013 Hope Affair gala.

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