Never underestimate the power of a simple sign — it could move a stranger to save a life.
Raleigh Callaway, 49, of Greensboro, Georgia, had been battling stage five kidney failure and was in need of a transplant, according to USA Today. In an attempt to find a donor, Callaway, a police officer, posed for a photo with his wife and their daughters holding a sign, reading, “Our daddy needs a kidney!”
The picture, which was posted to Facebook, went viral, and spurred hundreds of people to offer to help, including Chris Carroll, a health care consultant from McKinney, Texas, who ended up being a match, the Atlantic Journal-Constitution reported.
“I just knew. Even though there were thousands of people who called in. I just had a feeling that was going to happen,” Carroll said of being the right fit for the officer, according to USA Today.
The two underwent the transplant operations late last month, according to the Atlantic Journal-Constitution. The operations were successful, and both men have been released from the hospital, WSBTV reported.
Callaway’s wife, Kristi, and photographer Brandy Angel were responsible for organizing the viral family photo. Ultimately, it was Callaway’s two daughters, posing with their sign, that motivated Carroll to take action, 11Alive reported.