Kenneth Walker graduated from Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C. in 1969. Nearly 50 years later, he was struggling through kidney failure and was looking at either a transplant, or continued dialysis, which of course, carries with it a sentence of a shorter lifespan of an average of five to ten years.
According to CNN…
“Walker became ill while working as a bureau chief for National Public Radio in South Africa. There, he was misdiagnosed and received incorrect treatment. By the time he came back to the US about 18 months ago, he knew his days were numbered if he didn’t find a solution. Walker was in desperate need of a kidney and put his name down on every wait list. But one of the high school friends he maintained contact with had a different idea.”
That idea was to check with the school. So, Walker sent an email around to alumni with the subject line ‘A request for life’.
It read, in part…
“It is nearly impossible for me to come to terms with what I must ask of you, and that is your help in finding a kidney donor so that I can have a chance to improve my quality of life — and perhaps even to extend it beyond the expected span of a dialysis patient.”
He went on…
“Consider being an organ donor after death and also, help me by sharing my story with everyone you know. At the very least, I want to bring awareness to kidney disease and living donation,” he wrote. “I am hopeful my efforts will help me receive a kidney sooner and encourage others to consider helping the many people on the wait list.”
Within 15 minutes, Walker got a response from Charlie Ball…
“I will call the hospital in the a.m. I pray that you get what you need.”
There had been a chance that Charlie would have been rejected as a donor because he is over the age of 60, however, because he was in such good health, after extensive hospital testing, they decided to allow it. He was a match, and soon flew to DC to donate his kidney to his old classmate. The procedure was done this week.
The story warmed people’s hearts…
It’s heartwarming to know there are still good people in our country.
— Marlee Cannon (@Marl59) April 19, 2018
So amazing, what a beautiful wonderful thing to do ❤️
— Carmel (@Carmel311710) April 19, 2018
A heart of gold
— €mßä$$¥©®™ (@bibymonday1) April 19, 2018
— Daisy Fuentes Marx (@DaisyFuentes) April 19, 2018
Many felt inspired…
Love has no barriers, so is hate. The choice is ours, to either wake up each morning with a scowl or with a smile.
— Bolaji Abu (@bolajiabu) April 19, 2018
A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.
— FORTIS (@fortismind) April 19, 2018
I love this story. Life is better when we help each other in ways big & small. Love respect & kindness. Bless them both.
— Sandy (@mo4five) April 19, 2018
But mostly people sent blessings and prayers…
God bless them praying for healing and comfort
— Timisha (@Timisha18) April 19, 2018
This is an example of people wonderful out there. God Bless…
— buzzy (@didigyn) April 19, 2018
God bless him!
— Vickie Rushing (@VickieRushing1) April 19, 2018
May God bless this man.
— Katrina (@chibin05) April 19, 2018
The pair seem to be healing well…
Best wishes for a speedy recovery!