Woman finds kidney donor through car window appeal

Christine Royles of Maine was in a tough spot: Diagnosed with both lupus and ANCA vasculitis, autoimmune diseases that required the 24-year-old mother to endure 10 hours of dialysis daily, she desperately needed a new kidney.

Royles joined the national donor waiting list but it’s 100,000 names long so she decided to take matters into her own hands, or onto her own window as it were, writing a perky message requesting a kidney donation on the back of her SUV that read:

“Looking for someone 2 donate me their kidney! Must have type O blood. 🙂  (You only need one kidney.) Call or Text.

It was a far-fetched approach, to be sure, but as luck would have it Josh Dall-Leighton, a father of three children, two of whom have special needs,  saw the message and immediately got in touch. After testing revealed that he was a “strong potential match” he agreed to the transplant, which could take place as early as May. “In my heart I know it’s the right thing to do so I want to do it,” Dall-Leighton told the Portland Press Herald, thereby restoring our collective faith in humanity.

The selflessness doesn’t stop there.  A corrections officer, Dall-Leighton expects to take a month of unpaid work leave to recover from the transplant surgery and Royles has set up a fundraising page to help her hero’s family get by during that time.

So what did we learn here?

1) It never hurts to ask.

2) People can be pretty great.

3) You can use your car window to do more than just sell your Honda.

[h/t NY Daily News]