Hays resident, organ donor wins Mrs. Kansas

HAYS POST | Christina Janney
Cassie Hickel of Hays was crowned Mrs. Kansas on Saturday in Missouri.
One of Hays’ own was named Mrs. Kansas Saturday.

This was Cassie Hickel’s first pageant, but she was not looking for glory or a crown. She was looking for a way to spread the word about her platform — live organ donation.

In December, Hickel, 27, donated one of her kidneys to someone she had never met before she started the organ donation process.

Hickel said she was raised to share her finances, talents and time.

When she saw a billboard on Interstate 70 that said, “I need a kidney” and a phone number, Hickel felt compelled to call it. Continue reading

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