LANCASTER, OH (WCMH) — The family of a man desperately in need of a kidney transplant reached out for help using a sign.
Through social media, a response was more than they could have ever imagined.
For the last four years Lyndal Payne II, also known as Chip, said he has been praying to be matched with a kidney donor. After that online plea went viral on social media, he may have helped his chances of a match.
His 16-year-old daughter Hattie made a homemade sign referring to his kidney failure, taped it in the back window of his SUV, and the sign went viral on Twitter.
“I’m 45 years old and it has taken its toll on me to where the kidneys have shut down,” said Payne.
The reason the sign ended up on social media was a good Samaritan named Colton Cheeseman.
Cheeseman was about to end his shift and was collecting shopping carts at the Lancaster Kroger on Memorial Drive.
“I walked up I saw it in the back window it said ‘dad needs kidney type O,’ had their number right here. I basically went to Twitter and posted a picture, and all it took was 30 seconds,” said Cheeseman.
Within days the tweet had 130,000 shares and 10 million people have viewed it.
“It has been an amazing response, we have had a lot of phone calls from all over people from Texas, California really wanting to help. It kind of restores your faith in humanity knowing people are willing to step up and help,” Payne said.
“It is amazing. I had no idea it would blow up like that, it is crazy,” said his daughter Hattie.
“With something as simple as putting that sign out there has been a really big help. I was really hoping something good would come of it,” Payne said.
“Even if it doesn’t help me it will help someone indirectly,” he said.”Not that long ago someone in my circumstances this would have been a death sentence, but
it is not a death sentence anymore,” Payne said.
He has been working with The Ohio State University Medical Transplant Center. A spokesperson said this is not the first time they had someone in need of a transplant use a creative way of becoming their own health advocate. Payne said this is a good time to remind people to make sure they have signed up to be an organ donor.
“I am just glad I got to help this man,” Cheeseman said. He said it was his faith and desire to help that motivated him to take that picture.
To learn more about being a kidney donor, visit: https://www.kidney.org/transplantation/beadonor