Carol Patrylo and Cindy Mueller had an instant connection when they met working in the Lindbergh School District in Missouri and they’ve been best friends ever since. When Carol’s 19-year-old son was killed by a drunk driver, Cindy had her back and helped her get through it. And when Carol found out she was in stage 5 kidney failure and was put on dialysis, Cindy was there to support her.
But the problem with dialysis is that every year you’re on it, your risk of dying goes up, so doctors told Carol her best option was a kidney transplant. And her BFF Cindy didn’t hesitate to get tested to see if she was a match. Luckily, she was, but she was also overweight and pre-diabetic, so she had to drop some weight first. With diet and exercise, Cindy shed 54-pounds and last month, she donated her kidney to her bestie.
She calls it a win-win. “So in giving her the gift of life,” Cindy says, “I was also able to get myself the gift of a healthy lifestyle.”