Another story about giving the gift of life. Earlier this month we brought you the touching story about Steve Turner.
He's the Chief Counsel of the Commonwealth and back in 2009; he donated one of his kidneys out of the goodness of his heart to a complete stranger.
Thursday night, we have another inspirational story.
This time a woman who donated her kidney to a man she hardly knew.
In 2010, Scott Little wrote an email. Little did he know that the response would be life-saving.
“I don't wish this on anybody, but if it does happen, this is potentially what may happen to you, you can have a second chance,” explained Scott.
For Scott Little of Lancaster County, that second chance came from someone he hardly knew, Denise Tshudy.
“Standing on his doorstep, I was a little nervous because I didn't know how he would react, not knowing me very well,” Denise explained.
Scott needed a new kidney. In 1986 , he was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease.
“I didn't think a whole lot about it until the weekend a woman in our office gave birth,” Scott explained. “And her child was 7 pounds, somebody said, relayed this to me, I was carrying two of those things around in me.”
They weren't kicking, but they were doing other things to his body like affecting his metabolism.
He wasn't getting rid of toxins either, making him really sick.
But one day, Scott found strength to write an email. He sent it to everyone he knew.
One of his church friends forwarded it to Denise. Her faith guided her in the decision to donate her kidney.
“I felt so in peace, I was being guided, this was something I was supposed to do,” Denise said.
Once she found out she was a match, Denise decided to swing by the grocery store before going over to Scott's house to break the news.
“So, it just popped into my head, that I need to go into the grocery store and get a can of dark red kidney beans, put it in a bag with a card,” Denise chuckled.
“How do you thank someone for doing this?” we asked Scott.
“I mean I can't, I can, but it's not realistic to send Denise flowers every day for the rest of my life,” Scott stated. “It's just not realistic. I remember they said just demonstrate your thanks by taking care of it as you would any other gift.”
Denise says that no thank you is needed.
“You give to people, because you want to bless them in some way,” Denise added. “Makes you feel good because you've blessed someone else.”
Scott now does public speaking about the importance of being an organ donor.
He also plans to ride in a 40-mile bike race.