April is National Donate Life Month. This month at Carolina SeniorCare, two team members will do just that, with a desire to inspire others and provide hope for the future.
David Howard, a member of the Carolina SeniorCare’s food services team for the past 2 years, comes to work each day to serve others. Each day, along with his smile and friendly demeanor, he carries a heavy burden. Howard’s wife of 15 years is in desperate need of a kidney transplant due to complications from diabetes. Diabetes has destroyed her kidneys leaving her on dialysis for the past 5 years. She is two years on the kidney transplant list.
Robert Miller, dining services supervisor for Carolina SeniorCare and a member of the team for 6 years, has been great support for Howard. His kind manner and listening ear have been a blessing through these troubled times.
“I was having a hard time believing no one would step forward for the kidney transplant,” shared Miller. “I could not shake it; the thought remained on my mind. I decided to be tested to see if I was a match. Being a person that avoids the doctor and hates needles, this was a huge step for me. On the day of the test, 13 others were being tested. Of the 13, I was the only match that day!” Miller continued. “This is so out of character for me, but I believe in God’s direction and I believe donating a kidney is what I am meant to do. I am confident in my decision to donate one of my kidneys.”
When Miller shared the news with Howard that he was a kidney match for his wife, Howard was ecstatic, he couldn’t believe Miller had passed the many tests and exams. “This is big,” shared Howard. “Words cannot express my heartfelt feelings and compassion. Robert’s bravery has inspired me and I hope it inspires others to step forward and care for our fellow man.”
“Now I know why God placed me at Carolina SeniorCare,” shared Howard. “When a co-worker is willing to make this sacrifice to improve the quality of life for another, even someone who he has never met, it is God’s love at work. The entire Carolina SeniorCare team has been supportive in working with us to make this happen, including temporarily filling our positions while the surgery and the recovery continue. We are family here.”
The National Kidney Foundation reports that every 14 minutes someone is added to the kidney transplant list. Today, over 95,000 people in the United States need a kidney transplant. The National Donate Life Month reminds all of us to consider a role in the lifesaving and healing journey.
Proverbs 3:27 Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God's hand for that person. The kidney transplant surgery is scheduled for April 18th. The team at Carolina SeniorCare will be with Robert and David in spirit, cheering for healing, hope, and love of one another.
For additional information please contact Joy Cline at 828.465.8014.
Carolina SeniorCare located at 802 East Center Street, Lexington, NC serves seniors in Davidson, Rowan, Davie and Iredell counties. Carolina SeniorCare is under the sponsorship of United Church Homes and Services (UCHS), a not-for-profit ministry offering senior housing and services for over 47 years, located in Newton, NC. Visit www.carolinaseniorcare.org.