What Rivalry? Cubs Fan Donates Kidney To 5-Year-Old White Sox Fan
You may not think a 5-year-old White Sox fan and a 35-year-old Cubs fan have much in common, but as of last month, the pair are more closely intertwined than anyone could've imagined.
Up until December, 5-year-old Drew Duszynski suffered from autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease, meaning he was sick, receiving treatment and in dire need of a new kidney.
Drew's mom, Pam Schulz, reportedly said,
Drew has rolled with it as much as a 5-year-old can. He loves sports and has wanted to play all of them since he was little.
The young White Sox fan's friends and family started a Facebook page, Team Super Drew, to share his story and attempt to find a living adult donor.
A young @whitesox fan needed a kidney, so a @Cubs fan answered the call. https://t.co/IT8fwKDOi2 pic.twitter.com/XnjNKTiKpr — Christopher Sosa (@redeyesportschi) January 18, 2016
Enter Chris White, a 35-year-old Cubs fan who didn't see red and blue, or black and white, but saw only a young Chicagoan who needed help.
Last month, at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Chris successfully donated a kidney to Drew.
Chris apparently heard about Drew's story from his wife, Amy, who donated a kidney to her father when the two first started dating.
Both Chris and Drew are reportedly doing well following their operations, and the families continue to stay in touch. The operations weren't laughing matters, but Chris couldn't resist the opportunity to get in a jab directed at his new White Sox friend.
Chris reportedly said,
I hope that my donation might, at some point, set him straight and influence Drew's choice in baseball teams.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, someone in the US is added to the kidney transplant list every 14 minutes. There are currently more than 100,000 people on the list.