North Boone High School alums reunited over kidney donation

WREX | Mary Sugden

Rockford (WREX), A reunion between high school classmates could end up saving one of their lives. When Vicki Flanders learned her husband Gary needed a kidney transplant, she took to Facebook.

"I thought what could it hurt,I just put it out there."

She let friends know Gary has Polycystic Kidney Disease, or PKD. It causes cysts to grow around his kidneys, which have ballooned to about 35 pounds. Vicki's post let friends know Gary needed an organ donor with O positive blood. Little did the couple know someone was paying attention hundreds of miles away.

"I started out reading her post on Facebook," says Terry Johnson. "When I read it was O positive blood the first thing I thought was well, I've got O positive blood."

Johnson was a classmate of the couple at North Boone High School. The trio lost touch over the years, only seeing one another at class reunions. Terry now lives in Tennessee, but years ago, he and Gary were neighbors. Continue reading


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