A 74-year-old man put the wedding vow "in sickness and in health" to the test when he walked several miles every day to find an organ donor for his wife.
According to the American Transplant Foundation, more than 100,000 people in the U.S. are currently on the waiting list for an organ that will potentially save their life. The majority of these people are in need of a kidney transplant.
The Foundation stated on their website that every ten minutes another name is added to this waiting list.
“My wife has stage 5 kidney failure,” Winters told FOX 13. “She’s on dialysis and she doesn’t like it, it’s horrible.”
After two years with no luck, the Utah man was so desperate to add more years to his wife's life that he walked with a sign that said: "Need Kidney 4 Wife." He also provided his phone number and her blood type.
What happened next melted his heart...
Wayne Winters's story went viral.
He was overwhelmed by hundreds of calls from people who learned about his desperate plea.
“If she can have a good five years that would be awesome, we can have our life back,” Winters told KSTU.
Unfortunately, the kidney donor passed away from the surgery, but had been able to save Winters's wife, Deanne.
Here's a video describing Winters's journey to find a donor for his wife:
Now, Winters has a new mission. He told reporters he wants to continue walking to help save the lives of others who are waiting for an organ.
“Think about it, we could start a kidney revolution, and that would be so great."