The Gift of Giving- A True Hero

Allow me to introduce you to a Hero.

 

tyree

 

By now you all know Tyree.

I talk about my friends often and Tyree is a staple in most of those stories.  Tyree came into my life in 2007 and soon became one of the absolute best friends a girl could ask for.

 

She is my Omaha family.

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My riding partner in crime.

 

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My go-to-girl for any concert, no matter the genre.

 

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She’s one of those friends that you can tell absolutely anything to and she will never judge you.

Ever.

 

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My husband has even taken her under his wing and considers her one of ‘his’.  He cares for her well-being and is always there to help in any way he can.

 

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Tyree has friends near and far and from all different walks of life.

 

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She is loyal to her girlfriends.

 

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Tyree is the FUN aunt.

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The loving Sister

 

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Tyree knows NO stranger and is as welcoming to others as a person could possibly be.

 

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This girl means a lot to so many other people and she touches lives with every step she takes.

So it should come as no surprise that when a friend was in need, Tyree didn’t hesitate for a second to ask how she could help.

Even when the help needed was an organ donation.

 

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Meet Rachelle. 

 

 

In December of 2013, doctors told Rachelle that she would soon need a kidney transplant.

Rachelle is very near and dear to Tyree and came into her life at a time when she needed support.   Rachelle was a rock for Tyree.  When she shared the news of her need for a kidney, Tyree immediately said:

“I’ll do it”

 

 

Tyree began the initial tests to see if she was a match.  After months of tests, pokes, prods and multiple hours in the hospital, Tyree was finally cleared.

On May 7th, 2014

Tyree will be giving the gift of life as a kidney donor.

 

A true friend.  A true hero.

 

A group of us girls got together on Sunday night to surprise Tyree for a Pre-Surgery celebration.

We wanted to celebrate all that is Tyree.

We enjoyed a wonderful meal with a few cocktails.
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And said a toast and offered gifts.

 

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To know Tyree is a blessing.

 

Please send a prayer up for Tyree and Rachelle as they enter into surgery tomorrow morning.

 

And to our dearest Tyree,

“Don’t look any further than your own reflection for a Hero”

 

 

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To help with financial costs, donations can be made to Kidney Konnection (Rachelle Walker) at any Wells Fargo Bank.

To learn more about Kidney Donation please visit The National Kidney Foundation.

 

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5/7/2014 – 4:30PM Update

From Tyree:  Surgery went great! Both of us are doing fine. Kidney seems to be functioning good. Now onto the healing process! Words cannot express all of the heartfelt love and prayers that we received. Thank you so much for everything!

17 thoughts on “The Gift of Giving- A True Hero

  1. Good lord. Sitting at my desk crying. Your friend is a true hero!

  2. I know the story and I am crying. Love you Tyree and you are in God’s hands.

  3. Thank you Jordan! You are the truest of true friends! So blessed to have you in my life!

  4. You have such a good way with words, what an awesome story! Good luck tomorrow, Tyree!

  5. Becki Franks

    Will be praying for both of them. Love the way you told the story!

  6. Tyree- Will be praying tomorrow for you and your friend Rachelle. God Bless!

  7. Awesome story Jordan! Thinking about you and your friend Tyree!

  8. Our prayers are with you Tyree and Rachelle! We are praying for a great outcome and health and happiness for you both.

  9. Good luck Tyree! Will be saying prayers for you today. You have always been so beautiful, inside & out. You are a true blessing to so many!

  10. Crying at my desk. What an inspiration! Prayers headed her way!

  11. Burke High School is lucky to have such wonderful people!

  12. This is amazing! How selfless! What a gorgeous girl inside and out…and glad to see the update that both are doing well!

  13. What a wonderful tribute to a dear friend and incredible woman! Be sure to update us on the surgery!

  14. […] pouring rain… and I don’t think I need to remind you that Tyree is just 3.5 weeks post kidney surgery donation.  She is a tough cookie, but it was definitely time to get her off her […]

  15. […] time to play.  Tyree and I hadn’t gone for a Harley ride just the two of us since before her surgery in May, so we were LONG overdue for a girls day out.  We managed to hit up multiple small town […]

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