CNN - Larry William Swilling walks the streets of Anderson, South Carolina, with a sandwich board over his stocky shoulders. ”NEED KIDNEY 4 WIFE,” the sign reads. He and Jimmy Sue Swilling have been married for 55 years. She was born with only one kidney and after years of kidney disease, that organ has started to fail. No one in the family is a match for a transplant. Swilling, 77, has collected six pages of names of strangers who offered to be tested as potential kidney donors for his wife. ”I never would have thought that I’d have got this much response to it,” Swilling told CNN affiliate WYFF with tears in his eyes. “I’m amazed by it and I’m so thankful.” Approximately 92,000 people are on the waiting list for kidney transplants in the United States, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Last year, 4,903 of them died waiting.
Out of all the ways to go about trying to save your wife’s life, going door to door for a kidney might be the worst of all of them. Door to door people are the absolute worst. Can’t stand them. Hi sir, can you donate money to the environment today? Would you like to sign our petition to stop companies from polluting our lakes and rivers? How about cutting the side of your body open, bleeding out over your living room floor and donating an organ to my dying wife? Hey fuck you! I’m watching Seinfeld reruns you prick! I don’t care if your an old hag in need of a kidney or a dehydrated child crawling to my door seeking a glass of water. There’s a zero percent change I’m going to help you if you’re interrupting my life for anything short of girl scout cookies. Just go knock somebody out and cut into them in a motel ice bath like every other desperate person. Don’t pass your problems on to me bud.