A sister’s lesson in selfless love

Kyle Killebrew and Kiersten Knutson, on the deck at their Fremont neighborhood home, are recuperating after their surgeries. (Kate Riley / The Seattle Times)
The power of love leads a Seattle woman to donate a kidney so her partner, who needs one, can move up in the donor list.

Take a break from politics, partisan rancor and fretting over the failures of our government and the aim of North Korea.

Let me tell you a love story.There once was a little girl as beautiful as she was fierce. She was a go-to playmaker for Redmond area softball and basketball teams for years and placed second in the 3200-meter at state. To girls she coached, she was enchanting as a Disney princess, only a really bad-ass one, like Princess Leia.

Kiersten Knutson grew up to be a public servant in King County’s juvenile-justice system, a probation counselor holding troubled kids accountable during their supervision. She married. She divorced. Came close again but didn’t. A romantic’s high standards left her on her ownsome with her dogs. Continue reading

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