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YELM CITIZENS MAKE NATIONAL NEWS –
IN THE SPIRIT OF GIVING!

1. “Stranger from Facebook gives a kidney to save another’s life”
“Transplant goes well, organ reported healthy and working”

From Marni Hughes Q13 FOX News reporter:
“At her hospital bed at the University of Washington Medical Center, Allie Carr, 26, is recovering from surgery. ‘I feel pretty good considering I just had a vital organ taken out of me,’ she joked.

Carr donated her kidney to a man she met just five months ago on Facebook.

The mans name was Dan Garrett and the page read simply, ‘My husband needs a new kidney.’

‘We’d gone through several people in the family, so we’d run out of that, and it was the next thing I could think to do,’ said Megin Garrett, Dans wife. The couple live in Yelm, as does Carr.

‘I saw it (the post), I knew it was something i had to do,’ Carr said. ‘That was Thursday and by Friday I was getting tested.’

Carr and Dan Garrett were a match.

And last Wednesday [Dec. 28], Carr gave the Garretts one of her kidneys.

Dan Garrett is doing well, and the kidney is healthy and working.”

2. “Yelm widow uses her horses to help returning war veterans heal”
From The Olympian:
“The ruins of war are all around us in the South Sound, so how humbling would it be for a solider to say to you, I was going to end my life, and now Im not, because of what you did for me?

Debbi Fisher of Yelm hears that almost every week.

Fisher lost her husband of 30 years, Randy, to a head-on car crash in 2006. He was a lieutenant colonel stationed at McChord Air Force Base, having served for 28 years.

To recover, she turned to the couples seven horses on their 5-acre farm. But her husbands horse, a 16.3 hand, 1,500-pound giant named Root Beer, was riderless. So Randys superior officer rode with her every day for 30 days.

That experience of healing through horsemanship took three more years to gel, but Fisher retired from her 20-year career at U.S. Bank in 2009 and took what she calls a step of faith.

And so began the Rainier Therapeutic Riding program helping active-duty and veteran service men and women recover from their visible and invisible wounds.”
Read more about the Rainier Therapeutic Riding Program.

Posted by Steve on January 8, 2012 at 8:37 am | Permalink

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