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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Mississippi turkey hunter has donated more than a kidney to the ailing

In 2012, Rob Robinson, left, of Starkville, Miss., and Gil Alexander of Nicodemus, Kan. spent time at the University of Kansas Hospital after Robinson donated one of his kidneys to the landowner whom he he met while hunting turkeys. DAVID EULITT 2012 file photo.
ead more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/outdoors/article70944672.html#storylink=cpy
The Kansas City Star | Brent Frazee

Just a couple years ago, Cindy Pittman of Starkville, Miss., was losing hope.

After battling kidney disease for her entire life, doctors told her she was running out of time.

“They told me I only had another four or five years if I didn’t get a transplant,” she said.

That’s when she said fate stepped in. Pittman’s mother read a story abut a Mississippi firefighter who traveled to the Kansas City area to donate a kidney to a Kansas landowner who had been kind enough to let him hunt.

“Maybe something like that will happen to you,” she told her daughter.

It did. She met that firefighter, Rob Robinson, at a college baseball game and found they had a lot in common. Robinson was also from Starkville, and he was inspired to help others after donating his kidney.

He set up Forever Outdoors, dedicated to helping organ donors and recipients discover the healing powers of the outdoors. For Robinson, that mostly meant sharing his passion for turkey hunting. Continue reading

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