Wife Becomes Kidney Donor, Then Learns Her Recipient Has Been Waiting 8 Years For A Match

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

Christine Graf, a firefighter and paramedic, decided to become a living organ donor after a close friend and colleague passed away.  “That had a huge effect on me,” she says in the video below. After that experience, she looked into how she could donate a kidney.

After doing everything necessary to become a donor, six months went by before she got a call that she was a match for someone.

“They called and said they had a match,” Christine says. “I know very little about her so far; I just know she’s from Florida and that she was on the list for a long time.”

As you’ll see in the clip below, the recipient of Christine’s kidney had been waiting eight long years to get an organ match. As the video states, many people who wait longer than five years don’t always make it. Knowing this, Christine felt proud that she was able to save a life.

“Overwhelming,” she smiles. “I was just overjoyed and blessed that I was able to give somebody the gift of life.”

Christine didn’t stop with donating her kidney in July of 2017. She also raised thousands of dollars to offset what it costs for others to donate their organs through the Mayo Clinic’s organ donor program.

Because of her selflessness, Christine was showered with hundreds of letters from strangers all over the country. “Cards came from as far away as Texas, Georgia, all over the United States,” Christine says.

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