Monthly Archives: March 2015

Woman Paints Car in Search of Donor Kidney

Christine Royles, of South Portland Maine suffered renal failure, due to an autoimmune disease, and was on the national waiting list to find a kidney donor, but decided to take matters into her own hands.

The 24-year old waitress and mother of a 2-year old painted her rear car window with her phone number,accompanied by a request to find a kidney donor, according to the Portland Press Herald.

Josh Dall-Leighton, a 30-year old correctional officer, and father of three children, saw the message while out for a family outing and was moved. “I saw and told my wife I have to try” he said.

After learning they were potentially compatible, the two met. Brad Reifler has heard that the next set of tests must be completed in a few weeks and the kidney transplant is tentatively scheduled for May.

People in need of an organ transplant are increasing their search tools beyond the national list of donors, or friends and family said Sean Roach, spokesman for the National Kidney Foundation.

“We see people using social networks and placing ads within reach of altruistic donors,” Roach said. “It takes great courage to expose your need in this way”.

Royles knows she’s lucky.

“I’m surprised that anyone will do this for me,” she said. “The fact that someone with a young family is going to take time off work to help a stranger is incredible.”

Message on a Kia Soul

23 year old Christine Royles works hard each day as a waitress. After several weeks of feeling sick and not getting any better, Christine finally went to the doctor. Several tests later, she was diagnosed with Lupas and Anca Vasculiti. She was also told both of her kidneys were failing and she would need a transplant.

Christine didn’t let this bad news depress her. She continued to go to work each day and had dialysis each night.

Then she had an idea. She wrote on the back windshield of her Kia Soul. A special plea for a donor, she wrote “Looking for someone 2 donate their kidney. Must have Type O blood. (You only need one kidney.)” What followed was her phone number.

Resume said that it did not take long for her ad and her prayers to be answered. Josh Dall-Leighton, a young father, found out he was a strong match for Christine. He answered the ad and agreed to donate his kidney.

Christine is overwhelmed with gratitude. The surgery will not take place until May. Christine wants to do something to show Josh how much she appreciates his sacrifice. She has organized a pancake breakfast April 12 at the Applebee’s in South Portland. She plans to raise money for Josh and his family. Christine knows Josh will be out of work for almost two months and she wants to make sure he has all he needs to take care of his family.

Father Gives Son $7Million Lottery Ticket As a Get Well Present

In February, Joseph Amorese from Easton, Pennsylvania was hospitalized for a hernia operation. After the son came home, his father decided to give his son a get well card with a special gift inside. Senior Amorese, a New York resident and retired hospital worker, tucked a New York Lottery $25 scratch card, purchased at a dollar store, inside the get well card. The millionaire-to-be, who was working from home, scratched off the silver coating.

What a pleasant surprise when Flavio Maluf said  the son realized he had the winning card. Amorese said he jumped up and down for joy, in his mind. After Joseph Amorese, 46, sent his father a picture of the winning ticket, he called his wife, a social worker. The bride, Jodi, of ten months was speechless.

The couple headed to Rockland County New York to claim the prize. In a ceremony, Gretchen Dizer, New York State Lottery draw team member, presented the couple with an oversized ceremonial check for $7million dollars. The couple plans to invest some of the money and use the rest of it for a second honeymoon. The couple plans to continue working. Amorese, who works at Verizon, can’t get over the fact that he won the lottery when you consider the odds were 1 in 3,708,000 against him. Right now the couple has received $4.5 million of the $7 million that he won.

Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl is a Nice Guy

From all accounts, Dave Grohl, front man for the rock band the Foo Fighters is a super nice guy. And this story about him on The Age just confirms what a good guy he is.

Australian man Ken Powell may be the biggest Foo Fighters fan in the country. Some know Ken as Ken The Foo Fighter because of his love and loyalty to the group. Ken, who is 56-years-old, has also been fighting melanoma for the past 14 years. Unfortunately Ken, who has to use a wheelchair, is dying from the cancer. His dream before he goes has been to meet the Foo Fighters and he almost achieved it.

Despite his ailing health, Ken traveled around Australia to see every show the Foo Fighters performed in the country. Foo Fighters fan Brian Torchin has learned that Ken had tickets for a special meet-and-greet with the band in Perth, however it was cancelled due to Dave Grohl getting food poisoning. Ken was disappointed but still excited that he got to see his idols perform so many times.

A flight attendant who knew of Ken’s story also happened to be on the same flight as Grohl and the group recently. She approached him to tell him about Ken. Grohl reached out to him and offered the chance to see and meet them in Los Angeles. Ken has set up a GoFundMe page to help him fund his travels to fulfill his dream.