• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: A new kidney with a little help from his friends

September 16, 2018

When Fred Anderson needed a new kidney, he didn't have to look far to find eager donors. His friends Jim Ross and Ted Schreiber both stepped forward. Although Jim ended up being the donor, all three banded together to ensure the transplant journey included plenty of support and camaraderie.

Left to right are Jim Ross, Fred Anderson and Ted Schreiber in matching grey t-shirts and smiling

Left to right are Jim Ross, Fred Anderson and Ted Schreiber.

Fred Anderson of Great Falls, Montana, isn't deterred by much. His background as a cattle rancher, his 45-year career in public education, and now his time as a member of the Montana House of Representatives, have prepared him to handle all kinds of adversity. That resilience came in handy recently as he went through the process of receiving a new kidney.

Fred's loyal friend Jim Ross also is not one to be deterred. Jim, from Canyon Lake, Texas, was a Navy pilot in 1992 when he led the first F-18 fighter jet into Baghdad during the start of Operation Desert Storm. His skill and nerve qualified him to serve three tours as a pilot for the famed Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team. When he found out Fred needed a kidney, Jim quickly stepped forward to donate to his longtime friend.

Although it took some time, their fortitude paid off. The two were a match, and Fred and Jim were accepted by the Kidney Transplant Program at Mayo Clinic's Arizona campus. A third friend, Ted Schreiber, joined Jim and Fred in Phoenix to provide care and support, while adding to the camaraderie. Read the rest of the story.
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.