This will get you right in the feels.
Larry Swilling, 78, has been married to his wife, Jimmie Sue, 76, for over 57 years. She was born with one kidney and it is failing, causing her to need a transplant. But getting on the donor’s list takes 2 to 3 years and that’s for a kidney from a deceased donor. A kidney from a living donor is much better and that’s why Larry will do whatever it takes to get one.
A year ago, Larry began walking around his town wearing a sandwich board sign asking for help from total strangers. Since then, he’s received tons of calls from as far as Sweden and Egypt, yet there hasn’t been a match. Doctors say finding a kidney match is incredibly difficult and even if someone is Jimmy Sue’s blood type (O-Positive), it doesn’t guarantee it’ll work.
When asked what he thinks people think of him, Larry responds, “I don’t care what people think.”
We salute Larry and you should too. He’s a man that cares more about his wife than anything else. “She’s my heart,” he says. And I think that’s something we all strive to have: someone that completes us, makes life worth living. And I know that’s cheesy, but I don’t care. Larry is a cool dude that deserves all our respect.
And, by chance, your kidney. Jimmie Sue is one of 115,000 waiting to get on the list and if you want to help her or other people looking for kidneys, you can contact the Medical University of South Carolina Transplant Center at 1-800-277-8687.
– Mark (twitter)