But on the way to the bar, I noticed a man in a black coat, carrying a backpack with a sign saying, "I need a kidney for my wife B +." 917-442-6202. "
About a week later, the photo had 23,000 retweets and 35,000 likes.
Thompson, who lives in Brooklyn with his wife Mylen and four-year-old daughter Rachel, does not even have a Twitter account. But he knew something was going on when his phone was lit up with calls and texts from unknown numbers around the world. Strangers offered to give Mylen a kidney.
When I called Raymond, he recognized my name because others had sent him screenshots of my tweets.
Mylen met her future husband in an AOL chatroom in 2000, and they all came together to love pro wrestling. She was diagnosed with kidney disease two years ago.
"She called me at work and said," Babe, you have to come home right away. "She said," I can not feel my right side. It's numb, "Raymond told me, and now she's going to spend three hours at a [dialysis] center, three days a week, there's a machine that filters your blood, it takes a lot from you."
One thing Raymond wants to clarify is that his family does not set up GoFundMe for medical expenses – they're covered between insuring his job and Medicaid It's just the kidneys that need them.
"I've got some people coming to me and trying to give me some money," he said, "I reject that every time."
Of these people, Becca Joyner saw the tweet when she was shared by actress Patti Murin, who plays Anna in Broadway's "Frozen". Joyner, a county clerk who lives in Farmville, North Carolina, and suffers from Crohn's disease and Crohn's disease. She has recently undergone surgery to remove part of her bowel.
"I was in the hospital more often than I can count on my hand," she said. Afterwards, I spent a week at the hospital, so I know what it's like, something just told me to see if you can help somehow. "
Raymond intends to contact those who have contacted since January. But even if a viral Twitter image causes Mylene to get kidney-free and dialysis, the Thompsons do not believe their job is done.
"The disease does not matter who you are," said Raymond. "I appreciate everyone who takes care of him, it means a lot to us to get the message out there."
"Sign up as an organ donor. There are so many people who actually need organs, especially the kidneys. You have two and can live with only one healthy. Just register. "
In fact, waiting for those who need a kidney transplant can take a long time, and according to the study, of the nearly 100,000 people who have been waiting for a kidney last year, only 20% could find a match United Network of Organ Sharing : It took an average of three to five years to find this game.
One person who affected Raimund's message was I. Since our first meeting at Target, I signed up as a bone marrow donor. I made an appointment for blood donations.
And since we're both shopping at the same target, it's not surprising that we're neighbors too, and we plan to have coffee after the holidays.