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Sarah Hawkins determined to donate a kidney after seeing a pal’s Fb put up in April 2018. Now she’s encouraging others to do the identical.
“The put up mentioned that Terry had been on dialysis for fairly some time they usually have been on the lookout for anybody that will have had a connection to a kidney donor heart,” she says.
Terry Gillian is the daddy of Sarah’s elementary college classmate.
Sarah mentioned she got here up with a plan immediately.
Born and raised in Fresno, Sarah was keen to assist her classmate and his household.
She was a match however the course of took practically a 12 months.
Sarah and Terry underwent profitable surgical procedure in 2019 – and rapidly turned quick associates.
“Terry got here visited me in my hospital mattress even earlier than I used to be up and shifting round,” she says.
“She is my household – Sarah is a treasured treasured girl.”
It wasn’t lengthy earlier than Sarah was up on her ft once more, wanting to share her message.
An athlete herself, she desires to encourage different athletes to think about being donors.
“Going into 2019 I had mentioned it was going to be my 12 months of halves – I used to be going to do a half-marathon, swim a half-century bike, journey a half-marathon, and a half-iron man. After which the prospect to donate a kidney got here up and I used to be like good – I am simply going to do it with half the kidneys,” she says.
No shock – she did.
As for Terry, he says he is having fun with retirement and time together with his grandkids.
“She has such an excellent smile, you simply have a look at her and know she’s simply such a mild variety individual,” he says.
“There’s quite a lot of damage and ache in our world proper now and I can not repair all of it however that is one thing I might do.”
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