Bangert: Lifelong friendship, life-saving donation


Mary-Claire Cartwright, left, Curt Hall and Judy Hall pose at the Kurz Purdue Technology Center in West Lafayette. The friends have become advocates for organ donation after Cartwright donated a kidney to Curt Hall in August.(Photo: Dave Bangert/Journal & Courier)

Work brought the Cartwrights and the Halls together as friends. A kidney donation seals the deal

Curt Hall needed a kidney so badly that his doctor told him in late 2015 that if he had anything on his bucket list, well, now would be the time.

When Mary-Claire Cartwright found out she was a suitable match in spring 2016, she was ready and willing — “Mark me down as more than willing,” she said — to give one to Hall, the husband of Judy Hall, her longtime friend and coworker at Purdue Research Foundation in West Lafayette.

Between Hall’s big ask and Cartwright’s offer to make the big give, they made two deals.

Deal No. 1:

“I told Mary-Claire from the start, if at any point you don’t want to do this — if you’re on the gurney in the hospital hallway and you say, ‘OK, I’ve changed my mind, I can’t do it’ — we completely and absolutely understand. And it’s OK,” Judy Hall said. “We just wanted that to be how it was.” Continue reading

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