A woman in Tennessee surprised her husband with a brand-new pack of baseball cards, and one of the cards contained life-changing news. Unbeknownst to her spouse, Heather Winfree had the set customized by Topps, including a card that featured a picture of her husband, Steve Winfree, and a special message telling him she’s a kidney donor match.
As reported by People, Steve had been suffering from kidney disease for 14 years and began dialysis treatments last November. An avid fan of the Atlanta Braves, Steve wasn’t startled when Heather provided him with a pack of baseball cards including players from his favorite team.
“There were a lot of times where he would be in the hospital, and I would grab a pack, and we would open them,” said Heather during an interview. “The low-key fun gets our minds off of the everyday stresses.”
Steve began sifting through the cards, only to be surprised by one that featured his likeness. Heather encouraged him to read the message on the back, which said, “Steve has had a lot on his plate. With his health issues, he has been striking out a lot. He was not sure how he was going to wind up. His wife Heather thinks he is a great catch, so she decided to go to bat for him. Now, Steve will be a rookie recipient at Vanderbilt Transplant Center where his Wife, Heather, will be pitching a new kidney to him. They are sure to hit it out of the ballpark together.”
Heather had been tested to determine if she was a possible match for a kidney donation. The custom baseball card conveyed the news that she was indeed a potential donor. During the reveal, Heather said, “I found out today while I was at work that I am a match.”
She went on to say, “You could be getting a kidney by the end of this month.”
Both members of the couple broke down in tears while the news was being shared.
Heather had contacted Topps directly to have the announcement created as a custom card. She will have to undergo further testing before the donation can be made. If she is cleared, the procedure can happen before the end of the month.