Veteran & handyman donates kidney to save a life

Dans story featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and Fox5!! Thanks for reading this incredible story of selflessness by Dan Reynolds, the handyman with a heart of gold. When Tony Antonelli needed some work done in his house and was recommended Dan for the job, he never imagined it would end up saving his life. In summary: Dan just donated his kidney but as a result will lose wages during his recovery. Here is his heartwarming story:

As Dan completed Tony’s relatively small home project, they had many friendly conversations. One day Dan asked Tony how he was feeling, and Tony casually mentioned that he would be needing to start dialysis soon as the kidney he had received from his wife three years earlier was scarring and not functioning well.  And without any hesitation, Dan said, “I’d be honored to give you my kidney. Who do I call?”   

After many, many tests and visits to doctors’ offices (all throughout COVID and risking his safety time and time again!) and much thought, Dan was found to be a perfect match: Tony’s true guardian angel on Earth.

But Dan, a vet of the Army Corps of Engineers, is a handyman (and a great one indeed!), and his profession means that he would not be able to work for at least 6-8 weeks during his recovery. He is an incredibly hardworking man and works long hours/6 days a week. He even worked his way out of homelessness by exchanging handyman work for rent from (another amazing) family in Gaithersburg. So not only did Dan give his kidney without hesitation, he also did it knowing that it would come at a huge financial cost to him.  

Dan and Tony are now recovering from a very successful transplant. If you'd like to wish Dan a speedy recovery, or hire him for a job, you can send him a message in the link. If you’d like to help cover his lost wages, consider donating below. Tony’s granddaughter said it best when she said “Dan is so kind, and the kind of person we need more of in this world.”

Dan’s amazing story was featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and Fox5!

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