Family hopes to give Uniontown man needing a kidney the gift of life

THE GLEANER | Erin Schmitt

Bobby Howard, left, with his nephew, Lucas Gerald. The younger man is undergoing screening to see if he can donate a kidney to his uncle who has end-stage renal failure.
Tammy Howard Washick had hoped to give her brother Bobby Howard the gift of life next month.

Howard, 44, has end stage renal failure in both kidneys and badly needs a kidney transplant.

His family has known for a while that the Uniontown man would need a kidney to survive. Washick, 47, of Griffith, Ind., always thought she would be the one to donate a kidney to her little brother.

"Tammy and Bobby have always been close and there was no hesitation on Tammy's part to give her brother one of her kidneys," said their mother, Lana Howard.

Lana Howard moved from Griffith, Ind. to Uniontown about two years ago to help care for him. At the time, she thought she would only be there for a little while to nurse him back to health. Continue reading