Reid Alexander, diagnosed with a renal failure disease called Alport syndrome as a teenager didn’t let the diagnosis let him down and followed his dream to move across the country to Denver in August of 2020 to meet the love of his life.
Alexander matched Rafael Diaz on tinder and they went on their first date a few days later. He later got engaged in April of 2021. After their engagement, Alexander’s health began to decline, and he was placed on the transplant list. Diaz went through all the necessary tests and clarified his confirmation for donation of kidney.
Initially, The doctors in Denver felt the surgery was too risky because of the size of Diaz’s kidney. Later they called IU Health to perform the surgery. Alexander was very happy and thankful and said that Rafael has given me the opportunity to live a better life and a longer life. “It’s not only for love,” Diaz said, “we’re going to start to live this chapter in the life. If you can help someone else and give someone else life, do it.”
Amongst the 7.6 billion people in the world and 106,000 people on the national transplant list looking for their perfect match, these two proved that they are meant for each other.
Alexander and Diaz had the gift of love and support towards each other which made Alexander’s life longer and his confidence towards life indeed shows us that fortune favours the brave.
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