Lives Intersect: Former KU star, Lawrence woman, Army veteran shine light on living organ donation

WIBW | Melissa Brunner
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Side by side, Rosina Houle and Alonzo Jamison appear an unlikely pair. The petite woman seems to look straight up as she chats with the former college basketball star.

But their friendship is forged from the most personal of bonds - kidney failure and the wait for an organ donor.

Rosina's sister, Jessie, was diagnosed with kidney disease at 18. Their mother was a living donor for a new kidney when Jessie was 40, but, more than 15 years later, it was failing.

"It was truly the hardest thing that you have to do - to sit and watch someone just completely just deteriorate," Rosina said.

Alonzo was an elite college athlete, a star of the Kansas Jayhawks 1991 Final Four run. But diabetes ran rampant in his family.

"When I was playing, it was kept in check. I was running on a daily basis, and once you do that much exercising, that's going to keep diabetes in check," Alonzo said. "My mom had went through all of this - she lost a limb - and it just never registered to me that it was going to happen to me." Continue reading

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