Steve Sanders is a devoted father of two who loves to be active. However, he learned that he only had two options to treat his kidney failure; either he would stay on dialysis for the rest of his life or he would need a new kidney.
Steve’s family and friends jumped at the chance to help, but unfortunately none of them were compatible donors.
Her care team continued to research options, even posting to social media to find someone who might be able to help.
Fortunately, the volunteer director of Atrium Health, where Steve was being treated, intervened.
Chris is also a dad, and when he heard Steve’s story he shared, “It was something about his story as a dad, and I was trying to imagine a situation like that. where I need help.”
While Chris isn’t guaranteed to be able to do anything, he still decided to get tested to see if he was compatible. He added: “I didn’t know him, but I thought I had to give it a try – I would like someone to do it for me.”
Steve decided to text the man who would save his life, and they formed an unlikely friendship.
He then shared what it meant to him that they were able to bond around common interests and devotion to their families. “It shows Chris’ commitment to being a father… giving me the same chance.”
Health Atrium; pictured above are Chris and Steve