On March 27th, John Rett posted this on his Facebook page:
"Great news!!!! Mercy hospital in Des Moines called to let Alex and I know that we have been approved for the kidney surgery. So on May 20th I will have the privilege to give my kidney to my little buddy! It has been over a year now and 3 hospitals later but we were able to get this done. Continue to wear those bracelets and keep us in your prayers! I just want to thank everyone for all your support and God Himself for letting me help Alex. This maybe the greatest day of my life!!"
Well said Rotten one!
Yes, John and Alex received the news from their surgical team of Dr. Scholl and Dr. Pepper. You can visit them online at the Transplant Center of Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.
We echo the request for prayers. While John has been both optimistic and determined through this entire process, we shan't leave nothing to chance. We ask that the Lord keep Alex, John and the entire medical team healthy, not only for the transplant, but for the weeks and months following the surgery.
As for support, the involvement of many has helped ease the stress of the process. While Alex continues with dialysis (and that's no fun,) the sense of community over the past several months has somehow made this better.
We have collected photos from quite a few supporters over the past few weeks, which we will share, along with some commentary. We will list them in order of rank, starting with the Colonel. Yes, Colonel Sanders leads the list of our celebrities spotted wearing the donor green Share the Spare wristband. (Don't forget to hover over the photos for additional comments.) Colonel SandersColonel Sanders really got into the spirit of the cause, wearing not only a green wristband, but matching sunglasses as well.
Speaking of determination, next up would be Olympic Gold medalist Dan Gable. He certainly isn't used to being second, but then he didn't found the second largest restaurant chain in the world either, like Harland did. (CJ used to fry chicken for KFC, so he was on a first name basis with the Colonel :-) As far as our research goes, through his high school, collegiate, freestyle and international wrestling career, and coaching at the University of Iowa, Dan came out on top 96% of the time. We will pray for even better odds of success for young Alex and old John.
We did get quite a few ski pictures but it's hard to believe between the Rettenmeiers and Brimeyers, we only have one snowmobile picture, but thank goodness for Treats.
Somewhere after her brother ran the King of Clubs and CJ played ball for Dave and Maggie at the White House, the world-famous Pammy Murphy would have been our favorite bar owner. Here she is adding a little of the luck of the Irish to the Share the Spare effort:
Always a smooth operator, Johnny Rotten has submitted a number of photos. We will try to get some of the names right in the captions of the photos that follow:
And last, but not least, Nick and Andrea get into the act at the Pretzelmaker in Kennedy Mall:
Well, that should about do it for now. If you want to be famous, submit your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
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