Emotions were running high as the two headed east on Interstate Highway 70, neither knowing what awaited them, just that that their dream was about to become a reality.
It was early afternoon on Feb. 2, and the two were on their way to Kansas City, Kan., to meet the parents of Rundall-Manion’s heart donor.
That meeting, now deeply embedded into both of their memories, brought everything that Rundall-Manion has been through the past 16 years full circle.
“It was very emotional and uplifting. I hope it helped them as much as it did us,” Rundall-Manion said. “I’ll never forget that day and I hope it was the beginning of a relationship that will last for many years to come.”
How they got there
Prior to March 2001, Rundall-Manion, 61, would have described herself as “perfectly healthy.” But since that time, she has experienced one health issue after another. Continue reading