Thursday, December 22, 2016

Match.com Leads To Kidney Match For SA Man

TEXAS PUBLIC RADIO | Wendy Rigby

Bob Golden, 70, met Beth Willstrop, 63, on Match.com. They didn't find love, but friendship. Beth donated her kidney to Bob.
WENDY RIGBY / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIO
More than 11,000 Texans are waiting on an organ transplant. One San Antonio man found the organ he desperately needed when Match.com led not to love, but to a new kidney.

When Bob Golden’s neighbor signed him up on Match.com, Beth Willstrop was one of the first women he met. They didn’t find a love connection.

"We had gone out a couple of times," Golden remembered. "Very nice lady. There was none of the love match that either of us was hoping for."

"It wasn’t a romance," Willstrop reiterated. "The spark wasn’t there, you know, but we did end up best friends."

Not just best friends, but now housemates for the past six years.

When Bob was in stage five kidney failure, he opted to forego dialysis and wait for an organ. The 70-year-old former pilot said lifestyle trumped longevity. Beth didn’t hesitate to get herself tested to see if she was a match to become a living donor.

"How could I let him die when I could do something," Willstrop said.


Last Christmas, a holiday that is also Bob’s birthday, Beth gave him the gift he most needed. She revealed to him she was, indeed, a match. Continue reading


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