Milwaukee judge donates kidney to her colleague and friend in need: “Of course I was willing to try”

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MILWAUKEE -- A pair of Milwaukee judges will soon serve as the national faces of organ donation. Over the summer, one judge gave up her kidney to save her long-time friend and colleague. Soon, they'll be in Pasadena, California with the "Donate Life" float at the Rose Parade.

The judges show that a life-saving organ can come from the least likely source.

Before they march in the Rose Parade, Judge Derek Mosely and Judge JoAnn Eiring walked in on Tuesday, December 27th to visit Neja Towns, who will receive a new kidney next week.

Judge Derek Mosely and Judge JoAnn Eiring

Judge Derek Mosely and Judge JoAnn Eiring

"Honestly, there`s a whole range of emotions that comes with it," Towns said.

Neja Towns

Neja Towns

Towns got some advice from Mosley, who received his new kidney in July.

Until then, he was on dialysis every night -- hooked up to a tube so he could sit on the bench during the day. He said his friend's generosity made for a most special Christmas.

"This was the first year I was actually able to go down when they opened the gifts -- so I texted her right away and said 'I`m sitting here downstairs in tears watching my kids open up gifts and it`s all because of you -- so thank you for that,'" Mosley said.

Judge Derek Mosely and Judge JoAnn Eiring

Judge Derek Mosely and Judge JoAnn Eiring

Mosley said Eiring was the first person he met when he became a judge 14 years ago.

Eiring said the two quickly became friends and when she was told Mosley needed a kidney, she got tested.

"Neither of us thought that was really gonna be a reality with our differences -- but of course I was willing to try," Eiring said.

Judge Derek Mosley

Judge Derek Mosley

Judge Derek Mosley and Judge JoAnn Eiring

Judge Derek Mosley and Judge JoAnn Eiring

It turned out, the petite white woman was the perfect match for the sturdy black man.

Their story got the attention of national "Donate Life" representatives who are flying them out to promote their story in the Rose Parade.

Judge Derek Mosley and Judge JoAnn Eiring

Judge JoAnn Eiring

Judge JoAnn Eiring

"Doesn`t matter if you`re black, white, male, female, big, little -- you can save somebody`s life," Mosley said.

It's a gift Towns will soon receive.

"There`s nerves and joy and an amazing feeling of `wow, somebody thought to do this,'" Towns said.

Judge Derek Mosley and Judge JoAnn Eiring

Judge Derek Mosley and Judge JoAnn Eiring

Organ donation advocates say it takes about six years on average for someone to get a kidney from a donor who is deceased. That's why they're asking for living donors to volunteer if they can.

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1 Comment

  • Melanie

    “It turned out, the petite white woman was the perfect match for the sturdy black man.” — Really? Come on Fox6, you could’ve just said “she was a perfect match for his kidney.” That’s pretty blatant.

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