Kidney Transplant Co-Workers from St. Cloud Appear on National Radio Morning Show
Little did Kevin Grose of Big Lake know a work email would change his life -- and the life of a co-worker.
His employer -- DCI of St. Cloud -- sent an email to employees saying another employee, Sharon Haider of St. Joseph needed a kidney transplant.
"I was out of options, " said Sharon.
Kevin realized he matched Sharon's blood type and decided he'd pursue the possibility. Further tests showed they were tissue matches, too. "It was a process," said Sharon.
When the tests showed they were a good match, Kevin decided he'd donate his kidney to Sharon.
And on September 24, 2015, both underwent transplant surgery through the Mayo Clinic.
But Kevin did have a request of Sharon. "He told me his kidney liked a craft beer every once in a while."
Sharon -- a fan of the Free Beer and Hot Wings Morning Show heard on Rev 96.7 -- emailed the show to tell her story. And at the beginning of the national radio show's live broadcast from St. Cloud's Boulder Tap House this morning, Free Beer, Hot Wings and Producer Joe brought Kevin and Sharon up front to congratulate them and tell their story.
Six months after the transplant, both Kevin and Sharon say they're doing well.
Even though they work at the same company, Kevin says he and Sharon didn't know each other. "I think I talked with her once," he said. "Now we have lunch and text all the time."