‘I’m here to save someone’s life’


Shamus Neeson, a radio host with B93.3 FM, is scheduled to give one of his kidneys next month to an old friend of his in need of organ donation. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald
A local radio host hoping to provide a life-saving kidney donation to a stranger discovered how small the world can be when that stranger turned out to be an old friend.

Shamus Neeson is the midday announcer for B93.3 FM in Lethbridge. Two years ago, he started the journey to become an organ donor after a friend of a friend shared on Facebook their eight-year-long search of a kidney.

“She was going through dialysis three nights a week, and she was convinced she would never get one,” Neeson said. “She had tried and tried, but never matched up with anyone, and was convinced she was going to die. This was her last effort to try and find someone who could match with her.”

Neeson said the story listed the woman’s blood type along with the plea for help. As it happened, Neeson shared a blood type with the woman.

Neeson said he reached out to Canadian Blood Services and began the testing process to see if he was an eligible match.

“I went through a ton of testing,” he said, “So much, in fact, that I thought I was going to develop mutant powers with the radiation, and all that jazz.”

Through testing, Neeson’s kidneys were deemed high functioning, making him eligible for donation. Continue reading