TROY (March 22, 2013)—It could be a matter of days before one local woman donates her kidney to a former classmate, one who also served as Troy’s police chief about 10 years ago.
On Wednesday, Terrie Randolph finished her last kidney test and has already received her medical packets in the mail in preparation for her surgery.
It started in January when Raul DeLeon walked into the Big Red’s Drive-In Store where she worked. She knew something wasn’t right.
Randolph’s dad had undergone a liver transplant several years prior to that day but the look on his face seemed very familiar; as it turned out, DeLeon was in need of a new kidney.
“I went straight to Scott and White Hospital to find out if I was a match,” Randolph said.
“He has two girls in my Sunday school class, ages 5 and 7. I figured any extra time he has with them is well worth it,” Randolph said.
She says her decision was influenced by the act of kindness displayed by the doner of her father’s liver.
According to friends, this won’t be DeLeon’s first kidney transplant; his brother donated one more than 15 years ago.
Though a surgery date is not yet on the books, Randolph anticipates a call from the hospital sometime next week.
In the meantime, a fundraiser has been scheduled for Sunday at the Troy Community Center located at 201 E. Main.
Beginning at 11 a.m. a barbeque lunch will be available along with live entertainment, inflatables and a silent auction.
A live auction will begin at 4 p.m.
Some of the items up for grabs include a deer blind, iron art and several gift certificates.
Donations will help fund both surgeries.