April is National Donate Life Month, a celebration of those who have saved lives through the gift of organ, eye and tissue donation. It’s also a reminder that there are nearly 200 people in Wyoming waiting for a life-saving transplant. One Casper man was on the list, waiting for a kidney for nearly five years. But his wait was cut short when his step-daughter surprised him with an unexpected gift.
Dean Bicknese adopted Shea when she was four years old. Little did he know then about the blood bond he and his adopted daughter would share someday. “I literally woke up one morning, and it was the first thing on my mind. And throughout the day, i would just kind of notice that it was my go-to thought. And that could be nothing other than god putting it on my heart to do it,” says Shea Bicknese. Dean’s kidneys shut down. He was in need of a kidney. After four-and-a-half years on the transplant wait list, Shea decided to donate one of her own kidneys. Click here to watch the story from KCWY 13 in Casper, WY.