A 74-Year-Old Man Is Walking Miles Each Day In Search Of A Kidney For His Wife

"I feel like I’m doing the right thing."

A 74-year-old man is pounding the pavement in hopes of finding a kidney for his ill wife.

Wayne Winters began walking the heavily trafficked streets near his home in Farr West, Utah earlier this month with a sandwich board containing an unusual request. "Need Kidney 4 Wife," the sign reads. Winters' phone number and his wife Deanne's blood type (A-) are also included.

According to local news station WKRG, Deanne has severe kidney failure and is in need of a transplant. "I'm trying to get a kidney for my wife," the devoted husband told the news station. "My wife has stage 5 kidney failure she's on dialysis and she doesn't like it it's horrible." 

He added, "It's really hard today, this is the worst I've ever seen her…  don't look good."

Desperate to do something to help his ailing wife, Winters, who met Deanne 26 years ago, took to the streets armed with a new suit, new shoes, and his sign to plea for a kidney. Though the septuagenarian tells KSTU FOX 13 he doesn't "walk real fast," Winters' unorthodox method of tracking down a kidney for Deanne has garnered plenty of attention. In addition to the motorists and passersby who have seen Winters out walking "miles a day." his quest for a kidney has now hit the Internet and attracted the attention of millions more people.  

"I feel like I'm doing the right thing," he declared.

Winters said he was inspired to pound the pavement on behalf of his wife after seeing a story online about another man who did the same thing and got national attention for his search. Rush hour, he explained to KSTU FOX 13, is his favorite time to walk up and down the streets because drivers are "slowed down." 

"They can look at my sign, they can't go home in a hurry." he added to the station.

Though he hasn't had any success yet, Winters remains confident he will find a kidney for Deanne, and maintained he won't rest until he does. What's more? Even after a match for Deanne is found, Winters has stated he will continue to raise awareness about kidney donation because it is now his "life mission."

In fact, as HuffPost points out, the back of his current sign includes a message aimed at helping others in need. It reads, "1,000 kidneys needed in Utah and Idaho." 

The National Kidney Foundation reports the median wait time for an individual's first kidney transplant is over three and a half years, and can vary depending on health, compatibility and availability of organs. The organization also notes over 3,000 new patients are added to the kidney waiting list each month, and 13 people die each day while waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant.

For more information on kidney donation, including how you can sign up with a kidney registry, please click here.

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