A wedding anniversary provides couples a wonderful reminder about wedded bliss but for the Chafian couple, the big 2-0 meant more than that, it symbolized the Godly message of giving whole heartedly.
Cindy Chafian suffered for years from a genetic kidney illness that caused her to start dialysis very young and place her name on the organ donation list. After years of enduring pain from dialysis and no word on where her name stood on the organ registry, she finally agreed on a gift her husband always wanted to give her and that was a kidney.
Her 47-year-old husband and U.S. Navy employee told TODAY that “(Dialysis) was painful. It was debilitating. It took her away from being a mom — and I don’t say that in a judgmental way. That’s what she loves.”
Cindy agreed with her spouse because she believed that Scott deserved a wife, the kids deserved a mom and she deserved to live life “not just exist.”
So on the Virginia couple’s January 24th wedding anniversary, Cindy and Scott took the plunge and went to the hospital for kidney surgeries.
Not only did they share matching night gowns but they also shared the same hospital room in neighboring beds after their operations.
45-year-old Cindy suffered from the genetic disorder of polycystic kidney disease, an illness that causes cysts to grow inside the kidneys and damage the tissue.
There are many more just like Cindy who are in desperate need of kidneys and thanks to the generous gift of her spouse, the couple was able to showcase the importance of organ donation.
According to the U.S. Government Information on Organ Donation and Transplantation:
Every day, lives are saved and improved by the gift of life, sight and health. Even though 130 million people in the U.S. have registered as donors, we all need to sign up. 118,606 people are waiting for an organ.