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AWESOME: How a Sign at a Hockey Game Led to a Kidney Transplant

What happened next was nothing short of a miracle.

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In 2015, Kelly Sowatsky was diagnosed with a dangerous, progressive kidney infection. Although she recovered from the infection, Kelly, 31, found herself in dire need of a transplant after she was left with just 7% of normal kidney function.

Years passed by while Kelly sat on the waitlist, deteriorating, awaiting a miracle.

This year, however, Kelly went out on a limb to seek a donor in a bit of an unlikely place: a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game.

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While enjoying herself at the game, Kelly held a sign which read, “Calling all hockey fans! I need a kidney! Kidney! Kidney! Gratefully yours, Kelly,” with a phone number attached. The other side read, “Hey (Jake) Guentzel, I’d love a hockey stick but what I need is a kidney.”

“I thought this was my last chance to get the attention of somebody in a really big way,” she shared in a recent interview on Good Morning America.

In fact, Kelly did get people’s attention in a big way, especially after the Penguins’ team noticed her sign and posted a photo of it in a tweet which has since gone viral.

What happened next was nothing short of a miracle.

Kelly’s phone began to blow up with calls, emails, and texts from prospective donors.

“I said what the heck, that’s the coolest thing that’s ever happened,” Sowatsky told NHL.com. “From that point on, my phone just never stopped ringing… I was speechless.”

“We had never seen a sign like that at a game. I thought, ‘we have to help if we can,’” said Andi Perelman, the team’s director of new media, of the decision to send a photographer over to Kelly. “I can tell you this, we never imagined we’d help Kelly find a donor through that tweet.”

Exposure alone is not where Kelly’s story ends, thankfully, but it was the miracle she needed to be placed in touch with another Penguins fan, Jeff Lynd.

“I saw desperation, I saw courage and I saw she needed help. I knew that my blood type matched. I had this feeling it was something I just had to do,” Lynd said.

Just two weeks ago, Kelly underwent her transplant at Pittsburgh’s Montefiore Hospital, and, according to her doctors she is recovering perfectly and has a very bright prognosis!

“He literally saved my life,” Kelly shared with NHL.com. “If you trickle it down, the Pittsburgh Penguins are the reason my life is being saved, too.”

“There are no words,” said Jackie Sowatsky, Kelly’s mother. “It’s just mindboggling for me as a parent, as her mom, her caregiver that a simple sign did so much for Kelly. And that the Pittsburgh Penguins actually caught the sign and made the information available.”

“For her to get a donor off of that sign, I get choked up every time I think about it,” she added. “It’s a miracle.”

 

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Do-Good Hip Hop Legend Taunts College Scammers After Daughter Accepted to USC

What a world we live in where sitcom actresses are going to federal prison and gangster-rappers are bragging on their daughters and building schools.

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It’s not often that hardcore, gangster-rappers find themselves in the position that Dr. Dre is in, and that is what makes him so special. You see, when it comes to the entertainment industry’s elite, there seems to be no end to the depravity.  We hear sordid and salacious tales of Hollywood’s dark corners all of the time, including a recent story in which actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were arrested on major fraud charges. Loughlin and her husband allegedly agreed to pay $500,000 to improve their children’s chances of getting admitted into USC. The actress is one of about 40 people who have been charged in the scandal. Actress Felicity Huffman was also named in the indictment. The aforementioned Dr. Dre was not named in that scandal, and proudly took to social media to poke fun at the situation, while also bragging about his daughter’s acceptance into USC. https://www.instagram.com/p/BvX1OLwJljR/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet And that’s not even the tip of the iceberg of Dre’s positivity. Dre, who is from Compton, has made multiple donations to schools in Southern California, including a $10 million donation to Compton High School for a performing arts complex in 2017 and a $70 million donationto USC to create a new arts, technology and business academy in 2013. The latter gift came from both Dre and music producer-turned-entrepreneur Jimmy Iovine. What a world we live in where sitcom actresses are going to federal prison and gangster-rappers are bragging on their daughters and building schools.  

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New Zealand Madman Bravely Chased by ‘Good Guy’ with a Gun

As with any act of gruesome horror, there is always a shining light, somewhere in the darkness, that rekindles our belief in the human spirit.

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 The sheer horror and terror of what has occurred in New Zealand stands at such close proximity at this time, that it is difficult to fully gauge its gravity. It has certainly shocked the nation itself, as New Zealand isn’t known as a dangerous, or even particularly excitable, place.  The serene and unfathomably gorgeous surroundings, along with the California-like dichotomy of beaches and ski mountains within hours of one another, lends the Kiwis the unmistakeable air of “chill” that one normally reserves for Malibu or San Diego. In fact, this rampage claimed the lives of more New Zealanders than an entire year of homicides would have in the country. But, as with any act of gruesome horror, there is always a shining light, somewhere in the darkness, that rekindles our belief in the human spirit. https://twitter.com/RealSaavedra/status/1106407956122263552?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1106407956122263552&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.breitbart.com%2Fpolitics%2F2019%2F03%2F14%2Freport-good-guy-gun-chased-shot-new-zealand-attackers%2F That’s right; a good guy with a gun.  It’s the same story that we hear time and again, all over the globe, and it rings fundamentally true in nearly all aspects of life. It is not enough to hope and pray for the bad guys to turn the other cheek.  No; we must also hope and pray that good men will not stand aside and do nothing in the face of such evil.  And, by God, let’s hope they’re armed.  

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