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One Woman's Sacrifice is the Other's Saving Grace

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PASCO, Wash. - Two young mothers in Pasco are sharing a life changing experience.      

One has a debilitating medical condition.  The other is a volunteer not only giving her time, but a part of herself.     

Wendy Deist was born with a kidney disorder.  Right now her kidneys are on the verge of shutting down.  It's not just a physical handicap, its mental and emotional.   

"You get tired really easy.  Just doing things like dishes can make you tired.  When you have a family you want to be able to do everything for them," said Deist.   

Two years ago she told her pastor at Faith Assembly she needed a transplant to live.  So they decided to try something unique.  

"We said we've got a great giving congregation here at Faith and so let's run up the flag pole and see who salutes. Let's just let the congregation know and see if anyone responds," said Pastor Mark Barker, Faith Assembly in Pasco. 

That Sunday Trish Wickstrom was sitting in the audience.  She knew Wendy.   She'd already thought about donating one of her kidneys.  A patient at her work had just received a transplant of his own.

"I talked to him on the phone and I said 'How are you doing?', and the words that he said just resonated in my heart and he said 'This is what it feels like to be normal.'  And my first thought is 'That's what I want for Wendy. I look forward to the day that I can hear her say, 'This is what it feels like to be normal," said Trish Wickstrom, donating one of her kidneys.

"I'm just so grateful. She's saving my life basically," said Deist.

Deist and Wickstrom's surgery is set for January 22nd.  

Wickstrom didn't tell us this, but because of the surgery she'll miss work for 6 weeks.  If you'd like to help her family cover the cost of missing work, an account has been set up at HAPO Community Credit Union.  Just ask for the Trish Wickstrom account.  

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