Tomorrow marks three weeks since a Kimberly woman received a new lease on life. We first told you about Stephanie Henderson's need for a new kidney last year.
Anyone who knows Stephanie Henderson will tell you she's been beaming for three weeks now.
"She looks amazing," says Tanya Lucas from Team Steph. "She hasn't stopped smiling. She's got this grin from ear to ear."
But it's not just the smile on her face, it's the way she feels on the inside that's been life changing. After enduring years of dialysis and waiting for a kidney donor, Stephanie Henderson received that gift on Wednesday, November 28th.
"When I was up Thursday morning I was already like holy cats, I'm a brand new person. And that was probably the most amazing ah ha moment for me was just wow!" says Henderson.
Stephanie's transplant was possible because of the support system she has. Her friends, known as Team Steph, were determined to find her a kidney.
Tanya Lucas says, "Anything is possible and even if you have an idea on how to help someone and you think it's a crazy idea, go for it."
Team Steph's crazy idea was purchasing a billboard along Highway 41 south of Wrightstown. That billboard, helped to find a woman who donated on Stephanie's behalf as part of a cross country donor-recipient kidney chain.
"She actually saw the news story and kind of thought that sucks and wanted to help," says Henderson of the donor.
The woman, who Stephanie has met, but wishes to remain anonymous, is just one of many angels Henderson is thankful for this holiday season.
She says, "We did an early Christmas with my parents this year. And it's the first Christmas I've had with them in 12 years, so to have them here and to be going through all of this it was just my little Christmas miracle."
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