Two Fayetteville families celebrate kidney transplant

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WTVD) -- It's been ten years since Ken Suhr donated one of his kidneys to his next-door neighbor and friend. Today, Lewis Branham says he never felt better.

"The kidney is working beautifully ever since it was put in," said Branham. "I've just been enjoying life."

In February 2005, the two neighbors were already fast friends who said at the time there wasn't anything they would not do for each other. When Branham needed a new Kidney, Shur volunteered one of his, and it was a near-perfect match.
Lewis Branham says he is eternally grateful.
"There is no way, from the bottom of my heart, I could thank him. It's life. It really is. What he has done, he gave me another 10 years," he said.

Branham's wife explained her husband is living a blessed life.
"God has given us a long time together," she said.

She told us Ken Suhr and his family are now a part of their family. Donating a kidney she said is one of the greatest acts of selfless love.

"If you are healthy enough to do it" she said. "It's the best thing you can do for another person."

Ken Suhr was not available Friday night for an interview. But Saturday afternoon, he and several dozen other family members, friends, and supporters will be treated to a home-cooked barbeque dinner. A thank-you feast for all the help the Branham's have received every year - a celebration of life, friendship, and faith.

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