Farmer Lets Hunter Use His Land, Gets a Kidney
One stranger saves another's life
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2014 3:44 PM CDT
Rob Robinson, left, of Starkville, Miss., and Gil Alexander, of Nicodemus, Kan. Robinson donated a kidney to Alexander.   (AP Photo/John Milburn)

(Newser) – There's the donor waiting list, and then there's this: A Mississippi hunter who knocked on a Kansas farmer's door seeking permission to hunt ended up giving the stranger a kidney. As the AP recounts, Rob Robinson first knocked on Gil Alexander's door in 2008 to hunt pheasants. He showed up again three years later to hunt turkey. Again, Alexander consented to the hunt, but this time they got to talking, and Alexander shared that he was ailing and in need of a kidney transplant. When Robinson got home, he got tested.

"He texted me and said, 'I'm a match'," recalls Alexander. "I put down the phone and started to cry." Since the successful donation—doubly successful because doctors discovered that Alexander had early-stage pancreatic cancer and snuffed it out—the men have gone on to found Forever Outdoors, a nonprofit that brings vets, kids, and others to Kansas for nature and hunting expeditions. Today, they met with Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to talk about the initiative, reports WIBW, which has video.

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Darryn James
Apr 23, 2014 6:58 PM CDT
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Apr 23, 2014 11:43 AM CDT
According to conventional politically correct thinkers this story can't be true ! First of all a hunter doing good? Come on, we all know all they do is shoot and kill things. It's not like they actually give billions of dollars and millions of hours each year improving habitat and helping wildlife. nah. And a white guy helping a black guy - that's just so politically incorrect on so many levels I don't want to even go there! Now a black guy giving his kidney for a white guy we can all believe that, right? Could it actually be that P.C. people aren't the only people that care..
Apr 23, 2014 8:38 AM CDT
This was a nice story. We read too much about people being horrible to one another. The kidney recipient displayed an act of kindness (sharing his land) with no expectation of repayment. The donor was moved to repay a kindness with a very generous gift. And now, veterans and needy kids are also reaping the kindness. They just keep on paying it forward. I LOVE IT!