Rachel originally reached out on Facebook, asking at least 50 people to get tested to see if they would qualify as a kidney donor.
This is the second time in about four years, Rachel’s name has landed on the kidney transplant list. She has spent the last six months praying for a miracle. One that was granted thanks to 20 year-old Zach Peters.
“He actually messaged me I think it was three or four days after you left saying hey I'm doing this blood work. Now don't get me wrong, I got a lot of those messages so I was like okay that's awesome and he's so young I kind of and he even knows, I was like okay I'm not so sure he's going to do this,” Rachel explained.
Rachel says they share the same blood type, but it was her faith that ensured her everything was going to work out. Not long after, her doctor called.
“She called me about a week and a half, two weeks ago and told me hey he is your match. I was in a ton of tears. I fell apart.”
Rachel immediately set out to meet her hero; her former fourth grade student.
“He walked through the door and I just hugged him. I didn't let go, but that was of course after I realized it was him because he has grown up,” Rachel said.
When he followed up with doctor’s appointment, Rachel says Zach was asked one question.
“Why do you want to do this? Why are you so committed to doing this for her? He told them, I'm going to cry when I say this, I can't think of anybody more deserving and I don’t even know how to handle that because, wow,” said Rachel. “He is amazing. So responsible, so dedicated to this journey and I mean I'm so thankful.”
It will be weeks until Rachel gets her new kidney. In the meantime, she continues to work and lean on her faith.
“I just want to keep giving back, keep doing what I'm doing and just do it full-time.”
As of right now, Rachel and Zach are set to undergo surgery in two to four weeks. The Tunnel Hill community will be showing support for Rachel and a city officer, David Headrick, who is also in search for a kidney donor, this weekend through a softball tournament. It will be Saturday, October 13 at Harry Griffin Park at 9 a.m.
For more information or to enter your team call, Ashley Brown at 706-913-3828.