Nine-year-old Evie Wentz got her new lease on life just last week after waiting eight months.
Tyler Wentz and his daughter Evie have waited almost 8 months for an answered prayer a promise to keep.
"I will grow this beard, and you can shave it off when you get a transplant," said Wentz. "So we made it to the goal."
Evie got her new kidney at UNC Hospital last week. A family friend and church member, Jennifer Trapp, donated one of her kidneys after she heard Evie needed a new kidney to live.
Before her transplant, Evie had been in and out of the hospital with acute kidney failure. She had to have home dialysis almost every night, but not anymore.
"I am feeling happy now," said Evie.
That happiness shows in her eyes, and her voice.
"She just has her energy back," said Wentz. "She is very vivacious and it's much more like it was before she fell ill in the first place."
Evie is home now, but is quarantined for the next six weeks. That means everyone has to wear paper masks, which is a small price to pay to see and hear the joy in Evie's life.
Her future now is as big and bright as her smile.