A 74-year old Utah man is doing whatever he can to get a kidney transplant for his wife. His efforts include walking several miles a day while wearing a sandwich board in hopes of finding a donor.
Wayne Winters has been with his wife, Deanne, for the past 26 years. Unfortunately, Deanne has Stage 5 kidney failure. She requires dialysis treatment and is in need of a transplant.
“She’s on dialysis and she doesn’t like it, it’s horrible,” Winters says. “It’s really hard today, this is the worst I’ve ever seen her; she don’t look good.”
Desperate to find a kidney for his wife, Winters has literally taken to the streets. Each day this week, Winters has walked around the streets of Farr West, Utah while wearing a sandwich board that reads: “Need Kidney 4 Wife” along with a phone number to call.
“I didn’t know what to do. I felt like I needed to do something,” explains Winters, adding, “I don’t walk real fast.”
Winters figures that the more people see his sign, the more likely he is to find a match. He says that rush hour is the best time for him because drivers are forced to slow down, making it easier for them to read his sign.
While he’s yet to find a donor, Winters believes his plan is working. Some have told him that they would personally look into seeing if they could be a donor.
Winters says that it was difficult for him to watch his wife struggle to fight her illness and that he just wants his wife back to being her old self.
“After I get a kidney I will have my wife back the way she was, normal, helping people, loving people; she likes to serve other people,” he says.
Until his wife has the kidney she needs, Winters says he’s going to keep walking with his sign. Once Deanne finds a match, he says he’ll make it his life’s work to find kidney transplants for other people in need.
To help Winters find a kidney for his wife, call 801-675-0278. You can also visit kidney.org to learn more about kidney and other types of organ donation.