Ricky Cisco was doing is usual scroll through the Facebook news feed when he happened to see a posting made by a distant friend, Roxy Kurze:
"Wishing a kidney would fall out of the sky so my husband can stop suffering, so if anyone knows of a live donor with type O blood, PLEASE let me know."
This intrigued Ricky, as he is type O, and he began an online quest to research the procedure more fully.
Normally the wait for a donor can take years to happen, and Roxy’s husband Jeff was quickly running out of time. After a bit of reassuring news about how safe a procedure donating a kidney can be, Ricky contacted this distant friend, and offered up one of the most selfless acts thinkable: to donate his kidney to a nearly complete stranger.
On March 30th the operation was performed successfully. Roxy’s plea for help was answered through a search on Facebook, which can now boast itself as more than a social networker, but a life saver as well. Searching for people through traditional means would have taken years, but it would seem that the often demonized web site and cell phone app has staked a name for itself as a reliable and beneficial way to find old friends and create new ones.