What would you do for a friend? Former Tri-City woman is poised to go under the knife

TRI-CITY HERALD | Sara Schilling

Dawn Johnson and Mary Frances Lembo both love to ride horses on Red Mountain.

It’s a chance for the longtime friends to enjoy being outside, in nature, apart from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world.

“It soothes the soul,” Johnson said.

“It’s very peaceful. You’re in the saddle, looking out over the vineyard,” said Lembo, adding there’s time to catch up and chat.

These days, the women have a lot to chat about.

Johnson, 55, of Richland, has a kidney condition that’s getting worse. She’ll have to start dialysis soon and is awaiting a transplant.

Lembo, 54, a former Tri-Citian who now lives in Michigan, isn’t a match for her friend. But she’s agreed to take part in a “paired donation,” which will give Johnson a better chance of finding a match. Continue reading

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