Match.Com Led to Woman Giving Her Kidney, Instead of Her Heart

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By Becky FogelDecember 20, 2016 11:00 am|

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More than 11,000 Texans are waiting for an organ transplant. One San Antonio man found the organ he desperately needed in a surprising place: the dating website Match.com. Texas Public Radio’s Wendy Rigby has more on the touching tale:

When Bob Golden’s neighbor signed him up on Match.com, Beth Willstrop was one of the first women he met. They didn’t find a love connection.

“It wasn’t a romance,” Willstrop reiterated. “The spark wasn’t there, you know, but we did end up best friends.”

Not just best friends, but now housemates for the past six years.

When Bob was in stage five kidney failure, he opted to forego dialysis and wait for an organ. The 70-year-old former pilot said lifestyle trumped longevity. Beth didn’t hesitate to get herself tested to see if she was a match to become a living donor.

“How could I let him die when I could do something,” Willstrop said.

Read the rest of the story here.

 




Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller blessed 20 Christmas trees at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Monday. The trees are set to be delivered to families who wouldn’t have had a tree for the holiday. He also offered a blessing to sick children in the hospital, wishing them healing.

Protestors, like Ana Rodriguez, tried to convince members of the Texas electoral college not to vote for Donald Trump yesterday. Rodriguez told KUT News in Austin she hadn’t felt the need to protest since her 20s: 

“I’m in my 40s now, I never felt the need to protest about either of the Bushes,” she said. “It’s just this I think is different because this person is extremely unqualified.”

When all was said and done, only two of the 38 Texas electors did not vote for Trump. One cast a ballot for Ohio Governor John Kasich and another went for Congressman Ron Paul.