Two local couples share the gift of life

January 28, 2008 10:24:47 AM PST
Two couples from the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys shared their amazing story about kidney donation on the Rachel Ray show this morning. Fran and John, from Sewell, New Jersey and Stephanie and Chris from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania were united through a special bond of giving.

Both Fran and Stephanie were in need of kidneys.

Their husbands wanted to help and give them each one of theirs, but were not matches.

So through a kidney paired exchange program at Johns Hopkins, the husbands were able to donate their kidneys to someone in need.

It turns out, John was a perfect match for Stephanie and Chris was a perfect match for Fran.

"It's not only the gift of life. It's the gift of love," said Fran.

A year after the women received their new kidneys; the couples met and instantly felt the bond of family and a newfound appreciation for life.

"Appreciate every single moment. That's something Chris and I do every single day," said Stephanie.

A kidney and a miracle will bond the two couples forever.