Kidney donation is Glenwood woman’s ultimate wedding gift
News from Glenwood Springs Post Independent:
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — April Carver didn’t have to think twice about an early wedding gift for daughter Carolyn and her fiance John Romero — the gift of a healthy life together in the new year.
Carver, who owns and operates the Hotel Denver in Glenwood Springs with her husband Steve Carver, recalls having dinner together with the couple last spring when conversation turned to Romero’s eventual need for a kidney transplant.
Romero, 33, from Denver, has suffered from Alport’s Syndrome, a condition that leads to kidney disease, since he was a baby.
He had been on the waiting list for either a cadaver or live kidney donation for nearly three years, and would soon need to start undergoing regular dialysis treatments until a match could be found.
“When he mentioned his blood type (Type O), I thought I might be a match,” April Carver said.
Without telling Romero what she was willing to do, in June she began traveling back and forth to Denver for a series of tests to see if she was a candidate to donate one of her kidneys to her future son-in-law.
“It was kind of a no-brainer when I learned how simple the procedure was and how little effect it would hav…………… continues on Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Kirby: It’s the thought that counts — if you include a receipt
News from Salt Lake Tribune:
Last week, we bought a wedding gift for the daughter of some friends. Taibree got married four days before Christmas, which has to be the worst time of the year when it comes to buying wedding gifts.
In addition to Christmas being a time when the gift budget for most people has already been squandered, you’re giving gifts to so many people that it’s possible to make a mistake.
Note: What nearly happened was my fault. I wasn’t in the proper mood to celebrate the Lord’s birthday OR a mortal wedding.
After shopping for days, the mood I wanted to be in was “severely intoxicated.” Instead, I was in a “completely sober” mood and wrapping an endless line of presents.
Thanks to me, Taibree almost got a Hot Wheels track and cars for her wedding. That would have been difficult. Harder to explain would have been why Santa saw fit to bring our 6-year-old grandson a crockpot.
Fortunately for both of them, my wife has learned to keep receipts. Wedding, Christmas, birthday — there’s always a chance that you got or gave the wrong thing. If not entirely the wrong thing, then at least not exactly what was needed. You have to plan a way out.
In church after Christmas, Taibr…………… continues on Salt Lake Tribune