Kidney donation takes friendship to new level for 2 Freeport women

Journal Standard, Freeport IL | Susan Vela
Kathy Berberet (right) of Freeport recently donated a kidney to her friend and neighbor, Sandy Rapp. SUSAN VELA/THE JOURNAL-STANDARD

FREEPORT — After more than 40 years of friendship, Kathy Berberet decided she wasn't ready to just watch her next-door neighbor, Sandy Rapp, deal with a life-threatening kidney problem.
She volunteered to donate her kidney so she could keep her friend nearby as long as possible.

“I just knew I had to try,” Berberet said.

The women, both 71, are recovering from their July 2 surgeries at the University of Wisconsin transplant clinic in Madison. They hope to return to their morning strolls as soon as possible.

They’re already back to their normal routine of visiting and chatting over cups of coffee.
“How do you say thank you?” Rapp said. “It’s more than awesome. It’s unbelievable … mind-boggling.”

Their friendship began when the two became neighbors. The Rapps moved into their house on Park Crest Drive and the Berberets brought over an apple pie. Continue reading

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