A Chiver pays it forward, donates kidney to a complete stranger (9 Photos)

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Mike Dodge is an extraordinary individual. He's the kind of person who has always wanted to help. His friends describe Mike as the kind of guy who would show up at your new house and carry your couch up six floors and ask what was next. If your car broke down, you called Mike.

So it came only as a mild shock to Mike's friends when Mike decided to donate his kidney to a complete stranger.

But let's back up for a moment.

It all started with a 30 year old man named Tyler Weig. Tyler heard the story of husband and wife, Lance and Julie Beyer. Lance needed a kidney transplant but Julie was an incompatible donor - she had a different blood type. With Lance's condition growing worse, Tyler stepped up.

Tyler Weig decided he would donate his kidney to Lance; an Altruistic Donor who didn't know the recipient. Tyler's wife Julie, in turn, committed that she would also donate her kidney to a random patient in need. And just like that, Tyler Weig's random act of prodigious kindness sparked a pay-it-forward movement that would become the largest kidney-paired donation chain in Iowa history.

Mike Dodge heard the story of Tyler and Lance and brought himself into the chain. With 532 people on Iowa's waiting list for kidneys, surely he was a match for somebody. That match was quickly found in Nick Titus, a 22 year old from Des Moines who had suffered from kidney disease since the age of 10. By the time Mike and Nick were matched, Nick was "Not doing very well."

Mike's friend Corby Dodge recalled the day Mike told him he had contacted the kidney donation center in Des Moines and signed up to be an Altruistic Donor. Corby asked Mike if he was certain he wanted to part with a kidney. Mike had already donated bone marrow and stem cells, and responded: "Look, there is a 3% chance I will need my second kidney but a 100% chance somebody else needs it today. I'm doing this."

The day of the operation, Mike put on his Bill Murray Tee, his Chive hat, and went in for surgery. Mike admitted the process was "a little bit brutal," but well worth it. In three days, ten operations saved five lives.

Mike's brother told us: "Mike gives a whole new meaning to giving. It takes a while to heal but he's doing well now. Mike is such a huge fan of theCHIVE, as you can see from the pictures. He embodies the Chivers' pay-it-forward attitude. It would make his year if he saw his story on the website."

Dr. Cass Franklin, director of the transplant program at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, cleverly pointed out how much one person can make a difference. He said, “It all started with ONE humanitarian donor. This allowed for the entire pay-it-forward process.”

Here at theCHIVE we’ve recently been publishing many Random Acts of Kindness. Due to theCHIVE’s massive reach, we’ve noticed that pockets of generosity always spring up around the first act. One day, we’ll get dozens of submissions from Atlanta. The next day’s explosion of goodwill will come from Chicago.

Dr. Cass was right. Where there is one random act of kindness, there are others. The recipient will often pick up the torch and carry the light forward just as Mike did. Here’s to you, Mike. Proud to call you a Chiver.

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  • http://thechive.com/ Paula_

    Well… he CAN do this once moar… AmIRight? AmIRight?

    – Fan testimonial: "Paula- a celebrity type among trolls, – non nasty -highly intelligent, can be some what annoying, hilariously funny & sometimes hilariously unfunny too….whatever you say to Paula to try to wind her up she'll invariably bat you right out of the park..with her usual style & pizazz.. – GeorgiaRosa"

    • HOOK_the_LEGEND

      Exactly what Chivers do…Well done.

      BTW, how does one post a comment late and leapfrop to the top of the comment area without being an insider Paula??

      • thz chic

        Who are you hook the legend?

        • http://thechive.com/ Paula_

          A safe guess would be that he is HOOK the LEGEND.

          – Fan testimonial: "meow about keep on, keepin' on…. 99.5% of the time we just say 'moar' and 'she's so hot'……. then there is paula…. idk wtf you are, or wtf u look like… but keep trollin' trollin' trollin' – whale huntr"

          • HOOK_the_LEGEND

            Bravo Paula …. 'We must respect the chemistry'- Walter White Circa 2011

            • http://thechive.com/ Paula_

              That quote is from Walt Whitman.
              And Walt Whitman is who will get Walter White in trouble.

              BTW I bet Walters wife Skyler dies in the final half of this season.

              – the one you love to hate

              • HOOK_the_LEGEND

                'I accept reality and dare not question it'…. Brilliant Paula.

                Agreed Skyler MUST die..

          • Wet_tosti

            Keep trolling Johnny Quid!

      • http://thechive.com/ Paula_

        I fucking rule!!1!
        No seriously, I do. Haven't even been online for hours, I swear :)

        – Fan testimonial: "BTW, how does one post a comment late and leapfrop to the top of the comment area without being an insider Paula?? – HOOK_the_LEGEND"

        • HOOK_the_LEGEND

          I see what you did there…

          • http://thechive.com/ Paula_

            No you don't; it's true asshat!!1!

            – Fan testimonial: "Oh God damnit she's back. – Firefighter23"

            • Wet_tosti

              UNIT2257 :D

              • http://thechive.com/ Paula_

                Turk 182?

                – Fan testimonial: "Paula, your infinite wisdom intrigues me. I think I might be in love… – Jack Wagon"

        • Da Niel

          Chupamela Paula!!!! :)

  • crustybubblechunks

    An amazingly selfless act. It's people like this that remind me not everyone is a douche bag actor/model

    • MylesofStyles

      I actually personally know of douche bags who are neither actors, nor models.

  • VHF

    Very very cool!

    • Mark

      OK… It's people like this that make man kind amazing. Seriously, when I see stories like this I wish we could give back…something concrete, something so over the top. Would it not be amazing if every Chiver donate $10 and give it all to this amazing individual? Chive should have a "Pay it forward and back again" donate button. We collect the $ then Chive visits the individual with a check for some serious cash. I know money is not everything, but at the end of the day this amazing guy I am sure has a mortgage, a car to pay for and wouldn't it be great to do something like this?
      So moving this story is… CHIVE if you launch something like this, I am so behind this with some $ and I am sure many other generous chivers would do the same.

      Man what a bloody inspirational story!!!

  • ThatGuy

    My mother did the same. Kidney to a stranger. He didn't even say thanks. Fucker..

    • HickoryHeel01

      Kudos to your mom.

    • Jim

      She didn't do it for the thanks. Honor the act and forget / forgive the response.

      • ThatGuy

        True, but if someone have me an organ, they'd get at least a Thanks and a Chive shirt!

    • Cryztalsky


    • Richard Johnson

      If you think it would help, I'll give your mom my organ.

      • thatsameguy

        That would help, thank you Richard.

  • Derick

    That is awesome

  • Arturo

    Excellent news! Makes you feel good about humanity! You the man Mike!

  • DannoTheManno88


  • fng

    Hell yeah, Great job all of you. Pay it forward for sure. Shit where do I sign up.

    • Katie

      At just about any hospital

      • fng

        Thank you Katie, I will be looking into it very soon.

        • yea right

          stop fucking lying u know u wont go through with it

  • Courtesy Flush

    And that's why this place rocks.

  • Emanuel

    #9 A true hero. Stories like this restore my faith in humanity.

  • Dave

    Now I ask myself, "How can I help someone else?" I have no idea right now but damn it all if I'm not going to go look and then do. Chive on

  • Almoney13

    Makes me want to donate a kidney to someone in need!! KCCO!!

    • Wisti

      If 1% of the chivers got the idea to donate a kidney as well can you imagine the REAL chain reaction this would have started? (as a side note federal law says they can't pay you for the organ, but they CAN pay for a year's worth of your rent and some other things)

  • David

    Chivers are why I still want to live on this planet….that and boobs.

    • Awesome

      This is the best comment I've ever seen.

    • Dark Helmet

      selfless acts and boobs are what it's all about.

  • JRW02

    a real chiver needs both kidneys

    • darkohanzo

      Nah just a whole Liver

  • http://thechive.com/ Paula_

    I baked and ate a Chivers kidney today…. Does that count for something?

    – the one you love to hate

    • GeorgiaRosa

      Did you have it with a little salt & pepper & a fine Chianti Hannibal?? lmao

      • GeorgiaRosa

        oops silly me, wasn't that liver Habbibal ate..oh well..:)

        • http://thechive.com/ Paula_

          Oh dammit you're just here to be spanked again, aren't you?

          Love how easy you are though. Not many chicks bring (and drink) their own roofie when they come to my cave…

          – Fan testimonial: "Oh God damnit she's back. – Firefighter23"

  • SmokeyTheBear

    Someone keeps cutting onions in the cubicle next to me..

  • mid13

    Tearing up in class now. Thanks Mike and everybody else who donated! KCCO!

  • socalmarti

    #9 That is absolutely awesome, will pray that you both make swift recoveries!!! <3

  • Cryztalsky

    Tip of the hat to you sir! well done

  • http://twitter.com/adegiulio @adegiulio

    Meh, I did this years ago… giveakidney.blogspot.com

    Kidding, it's totally awesome. I encourage all healthy people to consider donating a kidney.

  • sfb101

    Dude, you're the MAN!

  • http://marrow.org Andrea

    This guys is JUST AMAZING. KCCO Mike. I noticed in the post that he also donated marrow and stem cells. What a guy!

    If you want a really easy way to pay It forward, sign up for the bone marrow registry at http://marrow.org. All they do i swab the inside of your cheek. There are thousands of people needing life saving marrow transplants…this one is a no brainer..

    Thanks in advance to anyone who registers!

  • La bodyguard

    As a transplant recipient myself, it brings tears to my eyes your act of kindness. I cannot begin to explain to you the horrors of living on dialysis with kidney failure…. Every day is a challenge.

    I am 7 years with a new kidney, from an amazing woman, 13 years younger than me…. A year after the transplant we got married and have been in bliss since.

    Bravo to you Chiver! :)

    • Josh

      So, you got an amazing woman, and you got to keep your kidney? Seriously though, congratulations.

    • Don

      Well that's a great story too! Congrats!

    • Blue Balls

      Damnit! I was tear free until I read your comment.

    • Katie

      Congratulations :)

  • Darrell

    Get well soon Mike! KCCO!!!

  • killahnoiz

    What an awesome gesture of love for our fellow man. KCCO and a speedy recovery to those awesome people!

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