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‘What’s your blood type?’: Friend gives old BYU classmate the ultimate gift: A kidney

By Chris Reed, St. George News | Posted - Mar. 1, 2020 at 2:33 p.m.

ST. GEORGE — Shortly after Memorial Day, Las Vegas resident John Evans received a text from his longtime friend, golfing buddy and old BYU classmate, Donald Richardson.

“What’s your blood type?” the text read.

Richardson was one of a state-record 195 organ transplants performed in 2019 by the Intermountain Healthcare Transplant Program, which recently marked the 3,000th transplant performed in Utah since the program began in 1983.

While his was not the milestone transplant, Richardson and Evans still have a story to tell of friendship, generosity and living.

“If you heard the whole story, you would think I made it up,” Richardson, who, like Evans, is 57, said. “I’m a man of faith, and I will tell you straight out, it was not all my doing.”

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