Things wouldn’t get easier for Herbert after that devastating news, either: after his friends and family members underwent testing to see if they were viable donors, none were matches for the “rigorous requirements,” as described by Jones. So, Herbert’s wife, Belinda, used social media to reach out, hoping someone from outside their inner circle would step up.
That post was enough to sway the Herberts’ pastor. “Something inside me said I needed to help, and I agreed to take a test,” said Jones. And it turned out, it was pretty lucky that he did: “My blood was a one in 20,000 perfect match to be Don’s kidney donor,” he added.