74-Year-Old Man Walks Miles to Find His Wife a Kidney

Get ready for the feel-good story of the week (or possibly even month or year!). 74-year-old Wayne Winters’ wife, Deanne, was diagnosed with stage 5 kidney failure and after being on the donor wait list for more than 2 years, he decided to take matter’s into his own hands. Spoiler: he literally saved his wife’s life. 

Talk about true love. 

Winters went on quite a journey when he traveled 250 miles on foot in October searching for a kidney donor for his wife. 

“I don’t walk real fast,” he told Fox 13. “I’m trying to get a kidney for my wife. [She] has stage 5 kidney failure. She’s on dialysis and she doesn’t like it. It’s horrible … I felt like I needed to do something.”

Wearing a sign that read “Need Kidney 4 Wife” and his phone number, he traveled the street in 94-degree temperatures looking for someone, anyone, who could help him out. 

As of earlier this week, he had an outpouring of love and offers to help. Receiving about 800 phone calls from his efforts, he was finally able to get what he was looking for. On Sunday, the couple got a call that a kidney was available for Deanne. Yup, our hearts are pounding over here, too. 

But, he’s not stopping there. Nope, Winters is ready to start a revolution. 

“I will spend more of my days walking with my sign to see how many I can get,” he said. “Think about it, we could start a kidney revolution and that would be so great.”


Allison Cooper is a full time blogger at Project Motherhood and freelance writer. You can find her balancing her time equally between writing, spending time with her family, running, or sipping on strong coffee! Connect with her on twitter for daily chit chat and mama musings!