A 74-Year-Old Man Treks Miles to Find an Organ Donor for His Wife
A 74-year-old man from Utah walks miles each day in the hope of finding a kidney donor for his wife, according to Fox News.
The man, Wayne Winters, started his trek three days ago, and walks the streets of the city of Farr West to spread his message. His plea is written in bold red writing on a sandwich board.
“I’m trying to get a kidney for my wife,” he told the news outlet. “I don’t walk real fast.”
He said that his wife, Deanne, is on dialysis and has stage 5 kidney failure.
“I didn’t know what to do,” he said. “I felt like I needed to do something.”
He was inspired to use a sandwich board to find a donor after he read in the news about another man who did the same thing for his wife.
Indeed, it’s not the first time that people have appealed to the public to find a donor.
In 2012, Larry William Swilling walked the streets of Anderson, South Carolina, wearing a sandwich board that read “NEED KIDNEY 4 WIFE” according to CNN. He also had the message displayed on his pickup truck.
The 77-year-old man managed to collect 6 pages of names of strangers who were willing to be tested for the organ donation, the news station said.
“I never would have thought that I’d have got this much response to it,” he said. In the end, he managed to find a match.
In 2004, Todd Krampitz, 32, appealed on billboards and on the internet for a new liver. The campaign included two billboards along a Houston freeway and a website raising awareness about his situation, NBC News said.
In 2012, Hannah Craig found an organ donor using Facebook’s organ donation registry system.
For Winters, the search continues. He said to Fox News that on his first day of walking with a sandwich board, a driver saw the sign, stopped, and said he would get tested to see if he was a match. But he’ll continue walking and waiting until it’s confirmed.
Winters left his number, 801-675-0278, in case anyone knows of a donor for Deanne.