Royals fan rises above the World Series thing to donate ‘Royal kidney’ to Giants fan

THE KANSAS CITY STAR | Lisa Gutierrez
San Francisco Giants fan Kelly van den Berghe will receive a kidney on Wednesday from her friend Josh Harrold, a Royals fan.   Kelly Castro Courtesy of Josh Harrold
On Wednesday, San Francisco Giants fan Kelly van den Berghe will become forever Royal when she receives a kidney donated by Kansas City Royals fan and good friend Josh Harrold. Josh Harrold

He is a Royals fan, lifelong.

She roots for the San Francisco Giants, the team that crushed Kansas City’s soul when it won the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium.

Turns out, they’re a good match.

And on Wednesday, Giants fan Kelly van den Berghe will become forever Royal when her friend, 38-year-old Hutchinson, Kan., native Josh Harrold, gives her one of his kidneys.

They both live in California, he in Orange County, she in Santa Cruz. The operation will take place at Stanford Hospital.

Because Josh is the kind of guy who believes in and earns a living making grand gestures, he worked with the Royals and Giants to create a moment his friend would not forget — the day he told her she was getting a “Royal kidney,” as he calls it.

It happened last November at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

It was epic: He got a Giants fan to wear a Royals jersey.

(Now she thinks she jinxed the Giants, currently last place in the NL West.) Continue reading

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