“It’s a God thing,” says Adair resident Mark Bradshaw. “The good Lord is in this and it’s just a miracle.”
These are words Bradshaw uses to describe how he felt when he learned that he would be receiving a kidney donation after just one year on the organ donation list.
It wasn’t just the timing that surprised Bradshaw, but he learned that his donation would be coming from his friend and fellow pastor, Bro. Mike Woodrum.
“When I got the call from the doctors in Louisville and found out my donor was Bro. Woodrum, I just gave all the praise to the Lord because He is the one who made this all happen,” says Bradshaw.
Bradshaw says that he had many friends and family members apply to be his donor but a match had not been found over the past year. Bradshaw has dealt with kidney disease for the majority of his life but over the past year or so, his symptoms progressed.
“The fatigue is the worst thing,” says Bradshaw. “I’m usually worn out by lunch time and I knew that I would eventually have to go on dialysis and so I was on the organ transplant list to try to prevent that.”
Bradshaw was surprised to learn that Woodrum went through the whole application process.
“Bro. Mike knew that I was on the transplant registry because I had been on the prayer list at church and I have covered for him a few times at Cane Valley Baptist whenever he was unavailable to minister,” says Bradshaw. “But I wasn’t expecting it and he went through all of the process and I didn’t even know he was doing it.”
Woodrum says he believes it’s important to help a brother or sister in need and that it is the right thing to do.
“I never thought about doing this for personal glory it’s something the Lord has given me peace about and it’s something I know I need to do,” says Woodrum. “I believe that Jesus came to provide our example and the Lord wants us to help our brothers and sisters. I believe Mark will live a great life and to me, it’s a win-win situation anytime you can help someone.”
Woodrum knew that kidney disease ran in Mark’s family and he just wants Mark to be able to live a good quality of life.
“I’ve felt good through all the testing and everything and we just want to give the praise to Jesus,” says Woodrum. “I pray and hope he has a great recovery and that this donation can give him a good quality of life.”
Bradshaw will receive Woodrum’s kidney on Tuesday after the two undergo multi-hour surgical procedures with several weeks of recovery to follow; Bradshaw will have to return for a follow up surgery in six months to remove his other affected kidney.
“It’s my miracle,” says Bradshaw. “I’m amazing and I know God did this and I just want to thank Him because He worked this all out.”
Sunday, a special prayer service will be held at Kellyville Community Church for Bradshaw and Woodrum and everyone is invited to attend to help pray for a safe and successful surgery and recovery.
By Adam Capps