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Nationally Syndicated Radio Show Helps Land Woman A Kidney

By Arezow Doost, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A few months ago, radio personality Shanon Murphy and Plano resident Gail Moten were strangers. But the two have since grown close together after something happened one August morning.

Murphy, who is a part of the nationally syndicated Kidd Kraddic Morning Show, said she gives away prizes all the time, but she never knew how much someone could give until that morning.

That’s when she met Moten.

Murphy offered to vacuum her car and even give her a little shopping spree inside a 7-Eleven.

“I asked her, ‘Is there anything else you need?’ No, that’s not enough for Gail! She said, ‘No I need a kidney,'” Murphy said.

Moten says she didn’t hesitate, and before she knew it the words were out of her mouth on-air.

“I know it was the Holy Spirit that spoke up and said I’m on dialysis if anyone is out there that would like to donate a kidney call Shanon,” Moten said.

That day Army Sgt. Brandon Vance was listening.

Vance, 26, is a single father and just returned from a deployment in Iraq.

“Something just told me that I needed to do that,” he said.

Vance said what he did was his way of saying thank you to the morning show that helped him get through the war.

“If you have been on that nine-hour mission and things are rough and you just want to relax and you want a piece of home,” Vance said. “Listening to Kidd an hour a day, it helped me out.”

After several rounds of testing, Vance recently discovered he was a match and will be giving his kidney to Moten in December.

“He will be part of my family always,” Moten said. “He is my guardian angel, because of him I will live! I will get my life back.”

As she recovers during the holidays, she said she’ll be thinking about Vance. He will soon be headed to Afghanistan.

It will be his 4th deployment.

“If I can bring some comfort to her I think it’s worth it,” Vance said.

The sergeant said the military has no problems with him giving up one of his organs. He doesn’t think the donation will impact his job at all overseas.

  • pam

    great story! I wish my son get could get a donor!

    • Johnny

      What does your son need?

      • pam

        my son needs a kiidney. His failed from being too small. He is on dialysis and has been for 18 months. He is only 21 years old.

    • ashley

      Pam can you please send me any information on how I can help get tested to become a donor. It breaks my heart hearing these stories and then hearing about your son. I am also the young age of 21 and it hurts knowing that somone that is my exact age is suffering and not being able to fully enjoy what are suppose to be the best times of our lives. please if you can email me at ashleybee26@rocketmail.com i will be praying for your son.

      • Pam

        http://www.kidney.org will give the the information you need to be tested. Patrick Huffman is on the list at texas Health Fort Worth. Your doctor will the information to them. And Thanks Ashley. And for Everyone else who asked.

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  • DottieJo

    Great story!!! Thank God for people like Sgt. Vance… not only giving of himself to keep us all safe, but going above and beyond in giving of his own body to save a life. God bless you and Guardian Angels to keep you safe!

    and to Pam… I hope your story also touches the heart of the right person and your son can get a donor very soon. My daughter was able to be the donor of a kidney to her husband of 5 years…. that was 12 years ago! PTL!!!

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  • katie

    i love this story, i am also in the military and just returned from afghanistan. it still surprises me how people take their life for granted. this is a man who knows what life really means.

  • patrick huffman

    My name is patrick huffman, i am 21 years old, i am also on dialysisand been on it for 1 1/2 years. i am in need of a kidney. i also read the story about the woman who landed a kidney on your show from a soldier in the miltiary.

  • Marilyn

    Praise God for His Holy Spirit bringing these two people together. Try the Spirit by the Spirit!

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