Joshua Surovey found the stranger he was looking for. Stephanie Ingersoll
The magnets on Joshua Surovey's car looking for a kidney donor after a woman saw the vehicle in the gym and (Photo: Stephanie Ingersoll / The Leaf Chronicle) Buy photo
A few 12-dollar magnets and a stranger who has seen them on a car, Joshua Surovey's life will be forever
The 30-year-old The old Clarksville man has been suffering from kidney failure for six years and spends 12 hours a day dialysis treatments at home When he learns he needs a kidney transplant, he does not sit around waiting for a call.
Instead beat The gym lost 206 pounds so it was in shape for surgery, spent $ 1,200 to rent a billboard, and gave $ 1,000 for 30 magnets, business cards, and a sign on the side of Wilma Rudolph Boulevard off.
"Kidney Donor Needed, Blood Type O," said the cards and signs along with a phone number to his transplant coordinator.
His unusual request for a while to work, but on April 5, he will get his transplantation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
More: Man Trying Kidney, Street Sign Plea  "It's happening," Surovey said Wednesday. "I found a donor and she found me."
Renee Bruens, 33, from Clarksville is a married mother of two children who loves the scooter derby. She said she wanted to focus on Surovey and transplants, but in a testimonial at the Tabernacle Church she talked about the difficult decision to give away one of her kidneys.
One day she went to Gold's Gym and saw a car with Surovey's magnet. She noticed that they shared the same blood type.
"I thought it was interesting," she said in a church video.
On the way out, she took a picture of the car and spent the next few weeks thinking
"I just kept thinking if I'm a match … it's supposed to be," she said.
Clarksville, hoping for a living kidney donor, takes his plea to the streets.
Surovey's kidneys failed in 2012 due to hypertension caused by obesity.
He had to lose at least 100 pounds to be put on the transplant list, so he started eating and eating better, and he saw the pounds drop. He lost more than 200 pounds.
He wanted a live donor, because that means a kidney lasts longer, probably 10 to 15 years if properly cared for.
Nobody in his family was qualified as a living donor, so he took his search to the streets.
Although his billboards and signs attracted much attention and many people were tested, there was no consensus.
The billboard came down, but the magnets on his car remained, even a little fading.
He did not give up
"The first year I was devastated, had a broken heart and thought my life was over," Surovey told The Leaf-Chronicle in 2016, but now there's a kidney transplant in mine direct future. I'm eager to get my life back.
Hope for the Future
Bruen turned to the Transplant Coordinator, was tested and recognized as a match. On April 5, 2017, they will be operated on "one year a day," Surovey said.
He has Still replacing the m Agnets on his car, but "donor needed" was replaced by "donor found."
Surovey is eager, for him the operation not only means he does not have to spend half a day on a machine.  It means that he "will have a future," he said.
His condition has held him back from romance, job hunting, and children, wanting to marry and have children and already working in the IT field
After surgery, he and Bruens will spend two to three days in the hospital, but he will recover at home for four to six weeks, and their remaining kidney should cover their living needs.
Going to extremes
"I have seen people go to extremes in the past" in order to find a donor using social media. "I thought, 'I'll do everything … everything I could do to live."
The operation will be at 6:00 am on April 5, and he hopes to be able to get up and leave later in the afternoon.
"The faster you go, the faster you will heal," he said.
At the moment he lives with his father and his mother, Lynn Surovey.
"I did it very well up a wall to be less emotional and strong for him," she said. "It was very scary at first, I was worried."
There has been a celebration, but after the operation "there will be a big party," Lynn Surovey said.
She marveled at her son's determination.
"It made him stronger," she said.
He continues to admire his future donor, whom he now often sees in the gym.
"She's cute and kind and so compassionate," Surovey said. "Brighter days are coming."
He also plans to shave his long beard to mark the new chapter of his life.
"I'm ready for a fresh start."
Reach Stephanie Ingersoll at [email protected] or 931-245-0267 and on Twitter @StephLeaf.
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