74-year-old man travels 250 miles on foot for wife’s kidney


After three weeks of spreading the word, Wayne received the incredible phone call he’d been dreaming of getting. “They said, ‘We have a kidney for you, get down here!’”

An organ donor had passed, and Deanne was a perfect match. Now that Deanne is recovering from her surgery, she and Wayne are hoping to resume their life together and even start traveling again.

“I have my wife back,” Wayne said. “If she could have good five years, that would be awesome. We can have our life back.”

Although Wayne’s personal mission may be over, his experience made him realize how many people are on the organ donation list that still needed help. He has decided to keep walking to encourage people to think about becoming organ donors, and perhaps to find out if they are a match for someone who is waiting for a kidney today.

“I will spend more of my days walking with my sign to see how many I can get,” Wayne said. “Think about it; we could start a kidney revolution, and that would be so great.”

Be sure to share this story to help spread Wayne’s message, and consider being an organ donor yourself to help save someone’s life someday.

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