One of the things I love about life is you never know where you might meet your next friend. About two and half years ago I was fully pregnant and had gone to Hobby Lobby to talk to them about framing some old country records. I had this whole vision of doing a vintage country music theme in Luke’s nursery and just needed to pull it all together. When I walked up to the counter I was immediately greeted with a warm smile by a guy who looked like he belonged on the back of a motorcycle! He introduced himself as I began pulling out my records. I could see his eyes light up as he started naming each of the old artists and his love of music was just completely obvious to me. He inquired what I wanted to do with the records and I told him that I wanted to display them in my son’s nursery when he was born. He immediately expressed that he LOVED the idea and we began brainstorming an entire nursery right then and there! For weeks I’d come in when Jerry was working and we’d talk about ideas, he gave me some really cool old concert posters and we just gradually developed a friendship. Two and a half years later my big teddy bear of a friend, Jerry Clayworth, has end-stage renal failure and is in need of a kidney transplant. He is currently undergoing dialysis treatments three time a week (5 hours per treatment!) and has a HUGE financial hurdle ahead of him as he prepares for a kidney transplant. So sTORIbook readers if you have even a $1 to spare will you please take a moment to help my sweet friend! And if you don’t have anything to spare that’s ok! Leave a comment on this post for Jerry so we can send him our love, thoughts and prayers! Thank you so much my sTORIbook friends!! This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori 21 Responses Meagan 06/07/2013 Tori thank you for sharing this with your readers. We all have so much in our lives to be thankful for and this is a perfect example. I was moved to tears and went straight over to help your friend Jerry. I am so bless…it was such a small thing I could do. Please send him lots of hugs and well wishes! Reply firstname.lastname@example.org 06/07/2013 Thank you so very much, Meagan!! Your assistance is going to a really wonderful man who I know greatly appreciates it! Reply Jerry Clayworth 06/07/2013 Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and kind words, Meagan! It makes a big difference! <3 Jessica 06/07/2013 Tori, thanks for sharing! I will hop right over to the fundraising page and make a donation. I hope Jerry gets his transplant soon. Hoping for lots of strength for him as he goes through this process! Jessica recently posted…Camping in Big Bear Reply Jerry Clayworth 06/07/2013 Thank you, Jessica! <3 Reply Jordan Glazener- Sunday Sky Photography 06/07/2013 Praying for you Jerry! Tori, you’re awesome for sharing this! Many blessings to you both!! Reply email@example.com 06/07/2013 Thank you so much for the kind words, Jordan!!! Reply Jerry Clayworth 06/07/2013 Thank you, Jordan! And yes, Tori is awesome, in SO many ways! Reply Sara Phillips 06/07/2013 What a beautiful friendship! I am so sorry Jerry is going through this. I hope he finds a kidney ASAP! Sara Phillips recently posted…Kids in the Kitchen: Randomness Reply Jerry Clayworth 06/07/2013 Yes, Sara, we’re very lucky to have a friend like Tori! And Thank you for your well wishes! Reply firstname.lastname@example.org 06/07/2013 Thank you, Sara! It sounds like he has a match!!!! Reply Kim Munoz 06/07/2013 What a great way to start a friendship. Sounds like one that has many more memories to add. Including a sucessful kidney transplant and recovery! I am adding Jerry to my prayer list and have shared his story! As a liver transplant patient, I know its not easy! Hugs and prayers! Reply email@example.com 06/07/2013 It was definitely a unique and fun way!! Thank you so much for including him in your prayers, Kim! You are AMAZING as well after all you have been through!! Reply Jerry Clayworth 06/07/2013 And YOU are in mine, too, Kim! Thank you! Reply Tess Muth 06/07/2013 Hi Jerry Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers Reply firstname.lastname@example.org 06/07/2013 Thank you so much for stopping by Tess!! Reply Jerry Clayworth 06/07/2013 Thank you, Tess! It’s been a while…. Hope you’re doing great!! Reply REBECCA 06/07/2013 Thanks for sharing…my thoughts and prayers are with you, Jerry! Reply Jerry Clayworth 06/07/2013 Thank you, Rebecca! That means a LOT! <3 Reply email@example.com 06/08/2013 We greatly appreciate it, Rebecca! Reply Transplant Day - Please Join Me In Prayer - the sTORIbook 10/24/2013 […] There are so many miracles taking place around us each and every day. Today a miracle will be taking place for my friend, Jerry Clayworth, who I introduced to you back in June (see post here). 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