Wayne Winters, an elderly Utah man, made headlines when he began searching for a kidney donor for his wife by walking the streets. He wore a sandwich board stating the need, his wife’s blood type, and their phone number in the hope that someone would be moved by their plight and turn out to be a match.
His wife, Deanne, has Stage 5 kidney failure, which means she has to be on dialysis because her kidneys are pretty much not functioning at all.
“I didn’t know what to do,” he told CNN. “I felt like I needed to do something.”
It turns out that his idea worked – Wayne received 700-800 responses to his board, and recently Deanne was matched with a donor who went in to get tested after seeing Wayne’s sign.
“I was just so overwhelmed. I didn’t know what to think,” he said. “If she could have a good five years, that would be awesome, we can have our life back.”
That life, though, isn’t going to include the retirement of the sandwich board, or Wayne’s daily walks. He plans to continue pounding the pavement to raise awareness and try to find kidneys for the hundreds of Utah and Idaho residents still waiting for a matching donation.
“I will spend more of my days walking with my sign to see how many I can get. Think about it, we could start a kidney revolution and that would be so great.”
If you agree, make sure and look into how to become an organ and tissue donor in your state. Though it can be tough to think about, people like Deanne are waiting for a gift that would mean a new lease on life.
h/t: Simple Most
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