If you have never had a loved one who has gotten terribly sick, then you must consider yourself as very lucky and you should be very grateful. Seeing someone you love become sick is horrible. What makes it even worse is when there’s not much in our power we can do to help our loved one get better.
The sad part is, the tragedy of sickness happens every day to so many people around the world. This is also what happened to one 74-year-old man when he was told that his wife had kidney failure. What could this man do?
But this man wanted to make himself useful. He knew that he couldn’t buy his wife’s health back but he knew that he could at least try and spread the word in the hopes that someone would come forward and donate their kidney for her. And so, Winters made a sign.
Using a sandwich board advertisement, Winters wrote in large letters how he is looking for a kidney donor for his wife. Wearing the sandwich board, Winters walks for miles every single day to make sure the ad is seen by as many people as possible. People driving their cars near Farr West in Utah have seen an old man walking around with the plea for an organ donation.
“I don’t walk real fast,” he told Fox 13 Now. But I guess walking fast is not the point, is it? More than that, it’s impressive that this man is standing up on his feet for hours each day to try and find someone who can help his wife.
Winters got the idea from another man. He had heard a story on the news about a man who was also looking for an organ donor to help his wife. “I didn’t know what to do,” Winters said, but when he learned his wife’s health was declining, he said, “I felt like I needed to do something.”
Not yet, but it has got people talking. The first day he went out with the board a driver stopped his car and told Winters that he would go and get tested to see if he could possibly donate his kidney to his wife. It was a good way to start this mission.
So, Winters went to his wife and told her, “Deanne, I think we have a good chance of getting you a kidney.” But that doesn’t mean this man has stopped going out with his board. Until his wife gets a donor, Winters has no plans of stopping.
A new kidney would restore his wife back to health. “After I get a kidney I will have my wife back the way she was, normal, helping people, loving people,” Winters explained. “She likes to serve other people.”
It’s clear that Winters adores his wife and he will try anything to find a donor for her. But sadly, it’s not just Deanne who needs a kidney. There are so many people out there who are waiting for their turn.
Waiting for a kidney means having to do dialysis every few days. It means more risk of infections and a weaker immune system. Kidney failure is no joke and what’s incredible is how healthy the person feels the minute they get a new kidney into their system.
My father is one of these people. He’s sitting in a hospital right now, doing dialysis for the next three hours. But thankfully, he’s one of the lucky ones because my mother will be the one to give him her kidney in the next month and hopefully, restore him back to health.
Donating an organ is a huge feat especially when you’re doing it while you’re still alive. But just think of the life you can help make better with the donation of your kidney. If you’d like to know how you can help Winters and his wife, you can do so by calling 801-675-0278.