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Oregon woman finds kidney donor a year after putting billboard up along I-5: 'It worked!'

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A woman says she’s overwhelmed with gratitude after she received a new kidney - one year to the day - after taking out a billboard ad on the side of Interstate 5.

Roxanne Loomis, a former Emergency Room nurse, put up the billboard along I-5 in Eugene last year in the hopes of finding someone kind enough to donate a kidney.

At the time of her kidney transplant, Loomis was told she had 60 people who wanted to donate.

“It brings tears to my eyes, that so many people who don't know me, could be so kind,” she said. “It's pretty profound, when you look at it, it's me plastered on the side of the road.”

The donor, Pam, got in touch with Roxanne and they immediately formed a bond.

“When I saw Roxanne's request for a kidney, it reminded me that was something I had on the back burner,” said Pam.

Pam and Roxanne are part of a kidney donation chain through United Network for Organ Sharing.

“There are 10 recipients and 10 donors in our group and that's pretty phenomenal when you think about it,” said Loomis.

It turned out Pam's kidney was a better match for someone else in the group, but it didn't diminish her experience.

“There is a such a need for both types of donations, but maybe a few people will see this and consider that they might be a person who could do this too,” Roxanne said.

A life-changing decision that's giving people like Roxanne a new enthusiasm for life.

“Now they're going to create another billboard that says ‘she got a kidney, it worked!’” said Roxanne.

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