One Kidney, Two Lives

Kyle Anderson wasn’t planning on being an organ donor. He jokes that he still isn’t listed as one on his driver’s license, but perhaps he should be. Even if he is short one kidney.

A mechanic and technician for the University Unions, Anderson knew someone who had donated his kidney to a minister at church. The idea was fresh on his mind when he heard that Javier Castillo, a minister at his church, needed a kidney transplant. He decided to get tested to see if he was a match.


Castillo remembers it as the best phone call he ever received—or missed, actually. He was sitting in his car after a visit to the transplant center when he realized he redialed the number. After nearly a dozen calls from friends apologizing that they weren’t a match, Castillo wasn’t expecting much.

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