Sawyer couple is perfect match for kidney transplant


Sawyer, Mich. Ever since David Zubik set his sights on Cynthia, he hasn’t have eyes for anyone else.

“I I told my friend, I says, ‘I'm going to date her, somehow, someway, I'm going to date her,’” Zubik said.

Apparently, Cynthia Zubik felt a special spark, too. The couple had their first official date at a high school dance more than four decades ago. And, the puppy love soon blossomed into the love of a lifetime.

“He kind of attached himself to me and I kind of attached myself to him,” Cynthia said. “And, from then on, it was love at first sight.”

Now, 43 years later, some might call the high school sweethearts a perfect match.

And, they have the science to prove it.

“I've always known that my husband was a wonderful person, but to do this for me it just elevated him more in my eyes,” Cynthia said.

Cynthia was diagnosed with renal failure in January 2013. Doctors told her both kidneys were nearly gone and she’d have to go on dialysis for the rest of her life.

Or, if she got a kidney transplant, her life could go back to being relatively normal.

“We went on a waiting list, but it would take about five to six years,” Cynthia said.

That’s time David just wasn’t willing to waste. So, he decided to get tested to see if he was a match.

“Mine ended up being good for her,” he said. “So, I said, ‘I want to give it to my wife.’”

The couple is scheduled to have surgery July 16. Cynthia is excited. David is nervous.

But, like every other leap of faith throughout their married life, they’re doing it together.

“We'll shake hands before we go in, give her a big hug and kiss and say, ‘See you there, honey. I'll see you after you're done.”


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