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One Man’s Incredible Tactic to Find Kidney Donor for Wife Has Unbelievable Results

Within a few hours, my picture of this man…had gone viral.

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When Raymond and Mylen Thompson first met online in 2000, it was the beginning of a seemingly ordinary love story. Nothing too epic, just bonding over their shared appreciation for pro wrestling in an AOL chat room.

Not long after, the sweet couple married and had a daughter named Rachel. Together they lived, happy and healthy, in Brooklyn.

Until one day, Raymond recalls, their simple life was derailed and he got the most terrifying phone call of his life. “[Mylen] called me at work and said, ‘Babe, you need to come home right now.’ She said, ‘I can’t feel my right side. It’s numb,’” he told CNN editor Lilit Marcus.

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As it turned out, Mylen developed a serious kidney disease and now, Raymond shared, “she goes to a [dialysis] center for three hours, three days a week. There’s a machine that filters your blood. It takes a lot out of you.”

Inspired by stories of people who weren’t afraid to make their need for an organ donation known, Raymond set out on a mission to find Mylen a kidney by wearing a sign on his back.

Then, in late December, Raymond happened to be wearing his sign, which reads, “IN NEED OF A KIDNEY FOR MY WIFE B+” along with his phone number, at his local Target store when he was noticed by someone with an international platform.

While at Target, Raymond caught the eye of CNN editor Lilit Marcus. Marcus snapped a quick photo of him and shared it via Twitter, saying “[couldn’t] stop thinking about it.”

“Within a few hours, my picture of this man…had gone viral. Celebrities such as Zach Braff, Martina Navratilova and Evan Rachel Wood shared it,” Marcus wrote in an article for CNN about Raymond. “Actress Sarah Hyland, who recently revealed she had a second kidney transplant, shared the image, too.”

“One thing Raymond wants to clear up,” Marcus explained, “is that his family won’t be setting up a GoFundMe for medical expenses — between his work’s insurance and Medicare, they’re covered. It’s just the kidney they need.”

“I had a few people walk up to me and try to give me money,” Raymond shared. “I refuse that every single time.”

Amazingly, Marcus’ effort to put Raymond’s message out to the world has resulted in thousands of contacts from people as far as Pakistan and Australia looking to donate a kidney to Mylen. Now, the Thompsons are beginning to respond to each phone call and, having been flooded with offers, their prospects are looking quite good.

“I appreciate everyone who reaches out. It means a lot to us to get the message out there,” Raymond said, noting that even if going viral achieves the goal of finding a kidney for Mylen, that’s only half the battle. “Sign up to be organ donors. There are so many people that actually need organs, especially kidneys. You have two and can live a healthy life with just one. Just sign up.”

 

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WATCH: You Won’t Believe The Way This McDonald’s Customer Just Blessed His Favorite Drive-Through Server

The way he decided to bless her will blow your mind.

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Over the last few decades, as fast food joints seem to replace small mom and pop shops nationwide, we often find ourselves lamenting that community and human connection have gone the way of small businesses.

This is, of course, very true in many ways, but that doesn’t mean that the people behind the counter at franchizes belonging to multinational corporations aren’t human and we can’t develop friendships and strong connections with those who serve us our egg McMuffins and coffee in the morning.

Clearly, a strong friendship was formed between Kansas drive-through server Vicki Anderson and local businessman Chris Ellis when Ellis caught wind that Anderson’s car had recently broken down.

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But the way he decided to bless her will blow your mind.

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[Anderson’s] vehicle — a 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Sierra — broke down a few months ago, and Anderson was informed it would cost $500 to repair. The price was more than the car was reportedly worth, according to [The Witchita Eagle]

It just so happened that Ellis’ son, Josh, was selling his 2009 Pontiac GS.

“Fate looked me in the eye when she told me that story,” Ellis told The Wichita Eagle. “I couldn’t stop thinking about it. . . . I said, ‘I have to do something.’”

Ellis decided to purchase the car from Josh so he could gift it to Anderson.

Ellis, who also had the car cleaned and its oil changed and tires rotated, drove the vehicle to Hutchinson Wednesday with his son to surprise the Golden Arches worker.

When they arrived, the two asked Anderson to come out to the parking lot, where they surprised her with the car.

“I didn’t know what to think,” she said of her reaction.

Check out her emotional reaction. Can you imagine getting a gift like this?

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Homeless Man’s Dogs Distraught as Their Master is Taken to Hospital. What They Did Next Is Amazing.

Time and time again, dogs demonstrate why they have always been known as man’s best friend.

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Time and time again, dogs demonstrate why they have always been known as man’s best friend.

There really is nothing quite like the bond developed between master and loyal dog, which likely comes from their own instinct to be part of a pack.

Any dog owner knows that when you have pups, they see you as their pack leader, and things are never quite right when the pack is split up.

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This is precisely what the five loyal dogs belonging to a Brazilian man who lives in the streets demonstrated in an incredibly touching way recently, when their human pack leader was taken to the hospital and they held vigil outside.

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The man, only identified as Luiz by local media, suffered a stroke last week in the southern city of Cianorte. He was taken to the Santa Cara hospital for treatment, where he was discharged a day later.

His loyal pups followed the ambulance taking their owner away and then spent hours howling outside of the hospital. They kept vigil outside the front door of the hospital, Brazilian newspaper G1 reported.

“The dogs were desperate,” Simone Zilane, a volunteer with the NGO organization Amigos de Patas Cianorte, told G1. “They followed the ambulance, racing after it down the roads and arrived just as Luis was being taken into the hospital. They went mad as they took him and howled non-stop at the entrance.”

Zilane, who photographed the pups, said Luiz was discharged a day later – the dogs none the wiser as he left with his brother through another exit.

“One of our volunteers from the NGO had to fetch Luiz at his brother’s house and take him to where the dogs were for them to leave the front [of the hospital],” Zilane added. “He hadn’t realized they were outside all this time, but he wasn’t too surprised.”

Amigos de Patas explains that Luiz has been living on the streets for over two decades, and refuses to live with his brother or accept a permanent home.

He says that his home is in the streets, and the one time he tried living in a house, his dogs, who had been taken to a shelter, jumped the fence and found him.

With a loyal pack like his, one can imagine Luiz certainly has all the love and companionship he could ask for no matter where he lays his head!

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