Our thoughts What a gift

The Covington News - - The Second Opinion -

Cony­ers res­i­dent Katy John­son is in the process of do­nat­ing a kid­ney to a man she’s only re­cently met but feels like she’s known for a life­time.

In so do­ing, she down­played the gift, say­ing if her friend Vince Lowe had needed her to cut his grass, she would have gladly done that with the same amount of thought as of­fer­ing him her kid­ney.

and it’s no won­der that this story has spread so rapidly among the pair’s friends and ac­quain­tances.

John­son was over­whelmed by the out­pour­ing of kind­ness she re­ceived and even a lit­tle up­set, be­cause she wasn’t mak­ing the do­na­tion to re­ceive at­ten­tion. When Vince started telling peo­ple he was her an­gel, she stopped that right in its tracks, say­ing ‘I’m no an­gel.’

Well, as much as it peeves you Katy, we think pretty highly of you.

John­son and Lowe felt an amaz­ing con­nec­tion even though they’re 17 years apart in age and at dif­fer­ent stages in their life. Lowe is hap­pily mar­ried to his wife, Lori, while John­son is do­ing her best to raise her daugh­ter. Yet the two of them found each other at a time when the need was strong.

“If I hadn’t moved back to town, if I hadn’t been on that char­ity ride, and met Crys­tal as my best friend, if all those things don’t line up per­fectly, this doesn’t hap­pen,” John­son said. “You have to be­lieve in some­thing and I be­lieve in this.”

When peo­ple be­lieve in the good they can do by lov­ing their fel­low man, they truly make the world a bet­ter and more joy­ful place. Most of us won’t be called upon to do­nate a kid­ney, but when we see our op­por­tu­nity to step in and make a world of dif­fer­ence for some­body we hope we’ll have the courage to take it.

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