Baseball Fanatic With Kidney Disease Finds Out His Wife’s A Donor Match Through Personalized Baseball Card
The next time your girl gives you the silent treatment for under-delivering on a birthday or anniversary, kindly ask her how many organs she’s gifted you. If the answer is less than one, she is already behind Heather Winfree.
The Knoxville woman is donating one of her kidney’s to her husband, Steve, who was diagnosed with kidney disease when he was 18 and told that he would not live to the age of 30.
After Heather found out she was a match, she crafted a custom made Topps baseball card to deliver the news to her baseball fanatic husband. Heather filmed the event and captured Steve pulling out cards of Mike Trout, Noah Syndergaard and Clint Frazier, before stopping on his own personalized one.
On the back of the card, there was a message to Steve from his wife that read:
Steve has had a lot on his plate. With his health issues, he has been striking out a lot. He was not sure how he was going to wind up. His wife Heather thinks he is a great catch so she decided to to bat for him. Now Steve will be a rookie recipient a Vanderbilt Transplant Center where his wife, Heather, will be pitching a new kidney to him. They are sure to hit it out of the ball park together!
The video has been posted to YouTube and will soon eclipse 1 million views. If it doesn’t make you a bit emotional, check your pulse.
Shot of the card:
After gathering his emotions, Steve praised his wife for her sacrifice and vowed to inspire others in their quest for a kidney.
“My wife saved my life. My gosh, you just saved my life. I don’t really think I can thank you enough, but I can try.”
“I want to help people who are waiting for a kidney, hey miracles happen. Keep the faith. Keep fighting. People are out there. People you don’t even know love you,” said Steve Winfree.
Steve, who has been sick almost half his life, acknowledged that although the transplant will greatly reduce his struggles, it is a treatment, not a cure–“Life after transplant still not easy.”
Sending good vibes to the Winfree’s on the road ahead.