Warwick man uses truck to find wife a kidney donor

 By: Alexandra Cowley 


A Warwick husband is living up to the vow of “in sickness and in health.” His wife has been on a kidney transplant list for almost a year now, and with her condition worsening, he’s doing everything he can to find her a donor.

It’s not the kind of advertisement you usually see on the back of a truck, but this isn’t just an advertisement for Jim Small.

“It’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack and I’m digging as fast as I can to get it,” said small. 

It’s his wife’s health. They’ve been waiting for a kidney donor since last June, but Small says he can’t sit and wait anymore. His wife’s health has started to deteriorate.

“I started getting sick, my Creatine started going up, my blood counts were low,” explained April Small.

So Jim joined Facebook for the first time and created a page, reaching out for help. It was there that he got the idea.

“I saw somebody post that they had it on the back of their truck and I said this would be a great way to get the word out there,” Jim said. 

It’s only been a few weeks since Small spread the word on Facebook and his family’s vehicles, and he’s already been inundated with phone calls and text messages.

“It’s been amazing you don’t believe the number of people that are willing to give. You know to give money is one thing, but to give an organ is a gift that we cant pay back. It’s an unbelievable gift,” said Jim. 

“I love my husband, he’s a wonderful person, he really is,” gushed April. 

Small has more than 50 phone calls and text messages to return. All people offering to be his wife’s donor. They’re hopeful one of those people will be the perfect match.


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