Wayne Winters takes his wedding vows very seriously, especially that in sickness and in health part. The 74-year-old Utah man is trying to help his wife, Deanne, find a kidney and to do it, he’s walking miles a day wearing a sandwich board that reads: “Need Kidney 4 Wife” with her blood type, A-, and his contact information.
So how did Winters get the idea to walk the streets wearing a sign in his quest to find his wife a kidney? He says he was inspired by Larry Swilling, the man who made headlines in 2012 with the same plea for his wife, Jimmy Sue. His efforts paid off and he found a kidney for his ailing wife, so Winters is hoping he has the same success for Deanna.
"I don't walk real fast," Winters explains. "I'm trying to get a kidney for my wife. [She] has stage 5 kidney failure. She's on dialysis and she doesn't like it. It's horrible ... I felt like I needed to do something."
This dedicated husband says it’s hard to see his wife suffer, but he’s encouraged by all the support he’s getting. Winters thinks he may have even found a match – someone who expressed interest on the first day of his search. But until they know for sure, he’s still looking. And he says he’s just looking forward to having his “wife back the way she was, normal, helping people, loving people.”