Eastern Iowa Woman Making Incredible Gift to Jones County Native
Thursday, August 12 is going to be a very special day for two women and their families.
The women above are Andrea Broderson Hunter (left) and Lisa Eganhouse Cantwell (right).
Back in February, we told you that Lisa, a Wyoming, Iowa native, was in need of a new kidney. She was born with Cystic Fibrosis. It makes breathing difficult because of mucus that clogs the stomach and lungs. 14 years ago, Lisa had a partial liver transplant thanks to her mom's best friend who was, amazingly, a perfect match.
Two years ago, Lisa switched to a drug called Trikafta, which has greatly improved how she feels. Unfortunately, her kidneys weren't joining in the feeling-better party. Early this year, they were functioning at only 10 percent. She needed a transplant. In February we put out the call for a living donor, as did Lisa's husband, Greg, and their entire family. Andrea Broderson Hunter of Olin, Iowa saw the call on social media and heard our interview shining a light on the need for living donors, specifically one for Lisa. She decided to act.
Andrea went through the necessary tests and it was determined that she's a match for Lisa. Now, the wait is nearly over. On Thursday, August 12, Andrea and Lisa will both have a life-changing day. Andrea will donate one of her kidneys to Lisa.
Please join us in saying a prayer for both Lisa and Andrea tonight or first thing tomorrow morning prior to their surgeries. And please show both of them some love below. Andrea clearly understands that one of the best feelings in the world is giving. Godspeed to you both.